Upwelling areas as climate change refugia for the distribution and genetic diversity of a marine macroalga | EMBRC

Upwelling areas as climate change refugia for the distribution and genetic diversity of a marine macroalga

2016.04.28

Upwelling areas as climate change refugia for the distribution and genetic diversity of a marine macroalga

Global climate change has profound and diverse effects on biological diversity. Identifying present-day climate refugia is an increasingly recognized strategy for the management of biodiversity loss. Such refugia are potential safe havens that enhance environmental diversity by buffering the effects of large scale change, facilitating species persistence at regional scales and conserving unique genetic diversity. Although their ecological effects are well studied, the potential of upwelling centres to act as refugia in a scenario of climate warming remains largely unexplored. Here, we investigate whether upwelled waters act as refugia in a region heavily affected by recent climatic changes.

Marta , Evangelista | CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences/University of Algarve

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