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As seas get warmer, tropical species are moving further from the equator

By Karolina Zarzyczny, PhD Candidate, Marine Tropicalisation, University of Southampton
Climate change is causing tropical species in the ocean to move from the equator towards the poles, while temperate species recede. This mass movement of marine life, termed tropicalisation, is leading to a cascade of consequences for ecosystems and biodiversity, and has the potential to impact the global economy.

My colleagues and I recently identified and reviewed 215 tropicalisation-related scientific papers published between 2003 and 2023. Our work, now published in the journal Trends…The Conversation

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