Plankton, fisheries and climate change - insights into ocean ecosystems
Reid, P.C. (2000) Plankton, fisheries and climate change - insights into ocean ecosystems. In: Coastal Management for Sustainability - Review and Future Trends. Proceedings of a meeting held February 9th-10th 2000, London. Bob Earll, Kempley (UK), pp. 63-68. ISBN 0 952294664
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This paper examines long term changes in the plankton of the North Atlantic and northwest European shelf seas and discusses the forcing mechanisms behind some observed interannual, decadal and spatial patterns of variability with a focus on climate change. Evidence from the Continuous Plankton Records suggests that the plankton integrates hydrometeorological signals and may be used as a possible index of climate change. Changes evident in the plankton are likely to have important effects on the carrying capacity of fisheries and are of relvance to eutrophication issues and to the assessment of biodiversity. The scale of the changes seen over the past five decades emphasises the importance of maintaining existing, and establishing new, long term and wide scale monitoring programmes of the world's oceans in initiatives such as the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
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