Story How do Changes in Ocean Temperature affect Marine Ecosystems?

Temperature strongly affects marine larval dispersal, a key component in conservation and management of fish, shellfish and other marine species as shown recently by  American researchers.
Release date 02/02/2007
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Concerned URL http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/research_alert_en.htm
Source "Science for Environment Policy" a service from the European Commission

In the context of global warming and associated changes in ocean temperatures, it is important to understand how fish populations are affected by changes in temperature. American researchers have recently found that temperature strongly affects marine larval dispersal, a key component in conservation and management of fish, shellfish and other marine species. They have developed a new model that shows that the distance marine larvae travel varies with ocean temperature. This model could be useful for evaluating the ecological and evolutionary consequences of temperature changes in the world's oceans. Source: M. I. O’Connor et al. (2006) « Temperature control of larval dispersal and the implications for marine ecology, evolution, and conservation », PNAS Early edition.

Additional information: The contribution of the EC’s LIFE programme to the conservation of Europe’s highly endangered marine species and habitats is the subject of “LIFE and the marine environment”, the latest issue of the successful LIFE Focus series. This beautifully illustrated publication highlights key EU policy actions in the area and provides examples of good practice Natura 2000 projects focusing on the marine environment.