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Reorganization of marine ecosystems

Climate change is causing modifications to marine life

A three-year study shows that warming oceans are causing marine species to change breeding, feeding, and migration timing as well as shift where they live.

The study was conducted by a working group of UC Santa Barbara´s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and funded by the National Science Foundation, 

This study provides a solid basis for including marine impacts in the latest global accounting of how climate change is affecting our world.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth´s surface, yet our knowledge of the impact of climate change on marine habitats is a mere drop in the proverbial ocean compared to terrestrial systems. An international team of scientists set out to change that by conducting a global meta-analysis of climate change impacts on marine systems.

Counter to previous thinking, marine species are shifting their geographic distribution toward the poles and doing so much faster than their land-based counterparts. The findings were published in Nature Climate Change.

The report, which involved scientists from 17 institutions, including NCEAS associates. The Geneva-based IPCC assesses scientific, technical, and socioeconomic information concerning , its potential effects, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

The study of disease ecology has been a special area of research, particularly with respect to predicting disease dynamics under climate change scenarios. 

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