Climate change and marine vertebrates

Sydeman, William J., Poloczanska, Elvira, Reed, Thomas E. and Thompson, Sarah Ann (2015) Climate change and marine vertebrates. Science, 350 6262: 772-777. doi:10.1126/science.aac9874

Author Sydeman, William J.
Poloczanska, Elvira
Reed, Thomas E.
Thompson, Sarah Ann
Title Climate change and marine vertebrates
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2015-11-13
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1126/science.aac9874
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 350
Issue 6262
Start page 772
End page 777
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
2700 Medicine
Abstract Climate change impacts on vertebrates have consequences for marine ecosystem structures and services. We review marine fish, mammal, turtle, and seabird responses to climate change and discuss their potential for adaptation. Direct and indirect responses are demonstrated from every ocean. Because of variation in research foci, observed responses differ among taxonomic groups (redistributions for fish, phenology for seabirds). Mechanisms of change are (i) direct physiological responses and (ii) climate-mediated predator-prey interactions. Regional-scale variation in climate-demographic functions makes range-wide population dynamics challenging to predict. The nexus of metabolism relative to ecosystem productivity and food webs appears key to predicting future effects on marine vertebrates. Integration of climate, oceanographic, ecosystem, and population models that incorporate evolutionary processes is needed to prioritize the climate-related conservation needs for these species.
Keyword Multidisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID OCE-1434732
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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