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Climate impact on plankton ecosystems in the Northeast Atlantic

Richardson, AJ and SCHOEMAN, DS (2004) Climate impact on plankton ecosystems in the Northeast Atlantic. SCIENCE, 305 (5690). pp. 1609-1612. [Journal article]

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It is now widely accepted that global warming is occurring, yet its effects on the world's largest ecosystem, the marine pelagic realm, are largely unknown. We show that sea surface warming in the Northeast Atlantic is accompanied by increasing phytoplankton abundance in cooler regions and decreasing phytoplankton abundance in warmer regions. This impact propagates up the food web (bottom-up control) through copepod herbivores to zooplankton carnivores because of tight trophic coupling. Future warming is therefore likely to alter the spatial distribution of primary and secondary pelagic production, affecting ecosystem services and placing additional stress on already-depleted fish and mammal populations.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:472
Deposited By: Dr David Schoeman
Deposited On:09 Mar 2010 14:23
Last Modified:28 Mar 2012 15:20

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