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 climate change, 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.