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Mismatch between marine plankton range movements and the velocity of climate change

Chivers, William J., Walne, Anthony W. and Hays, Graeme C. 2017, Mismatch between marine plankton range movements and the velocity of climate change, Nature communications, vol. 8, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1038/ncomms14434.

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Title Mismatch between marine plankton range movements and the velocity of climate change
Author(s) Chivers, William J.
Walne, Anthony W.
Hays, Graeme C.ORCID iD for Hays, Graeme C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Journal name Nature communications
Volume number 8
Article ID 14434
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-10
ISSN 2041-1723
Summary 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. Differences in range shifts were up to 900 km in a recent warming period, with average velocities of range movement between 7 km per decade northwards for taxa exhibiting niche plasticity and 99 km per decade for taxa exhibiting niche conservatism. The differing responses of taxa to global warming will cause spatial restructuring of the plankton ecosystem with likely consequences for grazing pressures on phytoplankton and hence for biogeochemical cycling, higher trophic levels and biodiversity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/ncomms14434
Field of Research 060306 Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change
070402 Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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