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Deep-sea ecosystem response to climate changes: the eastern Mediterranean case study
Danovaro, R.; Dell'Anno, A.; Fabiano, M.; Pusceddu, A.; Tselepides, A. (2001). Deep-sea ecosystem response to climate changes: the eastern Mediterranean case study. Trends Ecol. Evol. 16(9): 505-510
In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Elsevier Science: Amsterdam. ISSN 0169-5347, more
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    Marine

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  • Danovaro, R., more
  • Dell'Anno, A.
  • Fabiano, M.
  • Pusceddu, A.
  • Tselepides, A., more

Abstract
    Climate change is significantly modifying ecosystem functioning on a global scale, but little is known about the response of deep-sea ecosystems to such change. In the past decade, extensive climate change has modified the physico-chemical characteristics of deep waters in the eastern Mediterranean. Climate change has caused an immediate accumulation of organic matter on the deep-sea floor, altered the carbon and nitrogen cycles and has had negative effects on deep-sea bacteria and benthic fauna. Evidence from a miniature ocean model provides new ways of interpreting signals from the deep sea and indicates that, contrary to what might have been expected, deep-sea ecosystems do respond quickly to climate change.

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