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Scientists Complete Largest Global Assessment of Ocean Warming

The largest-ever assessment of the impact of ocean warming on fish distribution has been completed by a team of scientists.

According to findings, as the oceans water warm, cold-loving animals from fish to plankton move out, and heat-loving species take their place. This may cause problems in the longer terms with sustaining populations.

According to Professor Ben Halpern from the University of California Santa Barbara and director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis:

“We’ve known for a while that marine species tend to track ocean temperature, but this is the first time we’ve seen how entire communities respond, and that the redistribution of species is so predictable by temperature alone. The implications are very large for the ecology of the oceans and for the benefits — like food from fishing — people get from the oceans.”

The research was conducted on a global scale with scientists from Japan, the UK, Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the US all participating. The team studied and analyzed 3 million records covering the period from 1985 to 2014 to come up with their findings.

Halpern added:

“Given the complexity of the oceans and ocean life, it is really remarkable that a single factor — ocean temperature — is such a powerful predictor of change. Few things in life can be explained by a single factor.”

For more info, check out the research article in Nature.com.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com


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