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Editorial: Antarctic Biology: Scale Matters.

Danis, Bruno; Van de Putte, Anton; Convey, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8497-9903; Griffiths, Huw ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1764-223X; Linse, Katrin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3477-3047; Murray, Alison E.. 2020 Editorial: Antarctic Biology: Scale Matters. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 91. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00091

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Abstract/Summary

A founding principle of the Antarctic Treaty is that, in the interests of all humankind, Antarctica should continue to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and should not become the scene or object of international discord. From many standpoints, Antarctica is considered as a sanctuary, and plays a pivotal role in the global system. From an ecological point of view, Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean harbor exceptional levels of biodiversity. Its ecosystems are, however, facing rapid climatic and environmental changes, and the scientific community, embodied by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), have identified the urgent need to understand the potential responses of these ecosystems. Such questions are extremely complex, as biodiversity, here defined as “the variability among living organisms from all sources, including inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems” (Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992), can vary at many different spatio-temporal scales and levels of biological organization, from molecules to entire ecosystems.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00091
ISSN: 2296701X
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 21 Apr 2020 08:28 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/526580

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