Global imprint of climate change on marine life

Poloczanska, Elvira S., Brown, Christopher J., Sydeman, William J., Kiessling, Wolfgang, Schoeman, David S., Moore, Pippa J., Brander, Keith, Bruno, John F., Buckley, Lauren B., Burrows, Michael T., Duarte, Carlos M., Halpern, Benjamin S., Holding, Johnna, Kappel, Carrie V., O'Connor, Mary I., Pandolfi, John M., Parmesan, Camille, Schwing, Franklin, Thompson, Sarah Ann and Richardson, Anthony J. (2013) Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Nature Climate Change, 3 10: 919-925. doi:10.1038/nclimate1958

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Author Poloczanska, Elvira S.
Brown, Christopher J.
Sydeman, William J.
Kiessling, Wolfgang
Schoeman, David S.
Moore, Pippa J.
Brander, Keith
Bruno, John F.
Buckley, Lauren B.
Burrows, Michael T.
Duarte, Carlos M.
Halpern, Benjamin S.
Holding, Johnna
Kappel, Carrie V.
O'Connor, Mary I.
Pandolfi, John M.
Parmesan, Camille
Schwing, Franklin
Thompson, Sarah Ann
Richardson, Anthony J.
Title Global imprint of climate change on marine life
Journal name Nature Climate Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-678X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/nclimate1958
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 10
Start page 919
End page 925
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing
Language eng
Subject 2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Abstract Past meta-analyses of the response of marine organisms to climate change have examined a limited range of locations, taxonomic groups and/or biological responses. This has precluded a robust overview of the effect of climate change in the global ocean. Here, we synthesized all available studies of the consistency of marine ecological observations with expectations under climate change. This yielded a meta-database of 1,735 marine biological responses for which either regional or global climate change was considered as a driver. Included were instances of marine taxa responding as expected, in a manner inconsistent with expectations, and taxa demonstrating no response. From this database, 81-83% of all observations for distribution, phenology, community composition, abundance, demography and calcification across taxa and ocean basins were consistent with the expected impacts of climate change. Of the species responding to climate change, rates of distribution shifts were, on average, consistent with those required to track ocean surface temperature changes. Conversely, we did not find a relationship between regional shifts in spring phenology and the seasonality of temperature. Rates of observed shifts in species' distributions and phenology are comparable to, or greater, than those for terrestrial systems.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID EF-0553768
Institutional Status UQ

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