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Paradigm misplaced? Antarctic marine ecosystems are affected by climate change as well as biological processes and harvesting

Nicol, Stephan; Croxall, John; Trathan, Phil; Gales, Nick; Murphy, Eugene. 2007 Paradigm misplaced? Antarctic marine ecosystems are affected by climate change as well as biological processes and harvesting. Antarctic Science, 19 (3). 291-295. 10.1017/S0954102007000491

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Abstract/Summary

A recent review by Ainley et al. has suggested that recent investigations of the ecological structure and processes of the Southern Ocean have “almost exclusively taken a bottom-up, forcing-by-physical-processes approach relating individual species' population trends to climate change”. We examine this suggestion and conclude that, in fact, there has been considerable research effort into ecosystem interactions over the last 25 years, particularly through research associated with management of the living resources of the Southern Ocean. Future Southern Ocean research will make progress only when integrated studies are planned around well structured hypotheses that incorporate both the physical and biological drivers of ecosystem processes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1017/S0954102007000491
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > DISCOVERY 2010 - Integrating Southern Ocean Ecosystems into the Earth System
ISSN: 0954-1020
Additional Keywords: climate change, ecosystem processes, Southern Ocean
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Meteorology and Climatology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 19 Oct 2011 14:25
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11849

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