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Changes in the range of some common rocky shore species in Britian - a response to climate change?


Mieszkowska, N and Kendall, MA and Hawkins, SJ and Leaper, R and Williamson, P and Hardman-Mountford, NJ and Southward, AJ, Changes in the range of some common rocky shore species in Britian - a response to climate change?, Hydrobiologia: The International Journal on Limnology and Marine Sciences, 555, (2006) pp. 241-251. ISSN 0018-8158 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10750-005-1120-6


Since the 1990s there has been a period of rapid climate warming in Europe. Long-term broad scale datasets coupled with time series at specific locations for rocky intertidal species dating back to the 1950s have been collected in Britain and Ireland. Resurveys of the original locations in 2001–2003 have been undertaken to identify changes in the biogeographical range and abundance of these species. The results show that some ‘southern’ species including Osilinus lineatus da Costa and Gibbula umbilicalis da Costa have undergone north and north-eastern range extensions. Populations have increased in abundance and adult size has decreased since the previous surveys were conducted. These changes have been synchronous throughout Britain, strongly suggesting that climate is responsible. The use of intertidal species as indicators of climate change is proposed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Leaper, R (Dr Rebecca Leaper)
ID Code:70557
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:186
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2011-06-28
Last Modified:2011-07-05

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