Monitoring and modelling marine zooplankton in a changing climate

Ratnarajah, L, Abu-Alhaija, R, Atkinson, A, Batten, SD, Bax, NJ, Bernard, KS, Canonico, G., Cornils, A, Everett, JD, Grigoratou, M, Ishak, NHA, Johns, DG, Lombard, F, Muxagata, E, Ostle, C, Pitois, SG, Richardson, AJ, Schmidt, K, Stemmann, L, Swadling, KM, Yang, G and Yebra, L 2023 Monitoring and modelling marine zooplankton in a changing climate. Nature Communications, 14 (1).

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Zooplankton are major consumers of phytoplankton primary production in marine ecosystems. As such, they represent a critical link for energy and matter transfer between phytoplankton and bacterioplankton to higher trophic levels and play an important role in global biogeochemical cycles. In this Review, we discuss key responses of zooplankton to ocean warming, including shifts in phenology, range, and body size, and assess the implications to the biological carbon pump and interactions with higher trophic levels. Our synthesis highlights key knowledge gaps and geographic gaps in monitoring coverage that need to be urgently addressed. We also discuss an integrated sampling approach that combines traditional and novel techniques to improve zooplankton observation for the benefit of monitoring zooplankton populations and modelling future scenarios under global changes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Single Centre NC - CLASS
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 14 Feb 2023 11:27
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2023 08:18

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