Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Researchers find ocean plankton species are not adapting to climate change – and could disappear altogether

Research led by scientists from Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science and College of Science, in collaboration with Deakin University in Warrnambool, Australia and the Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science in Plymouth, has found cold water ocean plankton are not adapting to climate change, will continue to become scarcer, and could ultimately disappear.

The team’s work, which has been supported through funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is published by leading international journal Global Change Biology in a paper entitled ‘Multi-decadal range changes versus thermal adaptation for north east Atlantic oceanic copepods in the face of climate change’.