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Mismatch between marine plankton range movements and the velocity of climate change [Nature Communications]

Keywords : biodiversity, biogeography, climate-change ecology, environmental impact, marine biology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

The response of marine plankton to climate change is of critical importance to the oceanic food web and fish stocks. We use a 60-year ocean basin-wide data set comprising >148,000 samples to reveal huge differences in range changes associated with climate change across 35 plankton taxa. While the range of dinoflagellates and copepods tended to closely track the velocity of climate change (the rate of isotherm movement), the range of the diatoms moved much more slowly. (...)

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