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Biodiversity issues for the next coming tropical Mediterranean Sea

TitreBiodiversity issues for the next coming tropical Mediterranean Sea
Type de publicationJournal Article
Année de publication2004
JournalBiologia Marina Mediterranea
Mots-clésanalyse de scénario, biodiversité, biodiversity, biogéographie, biogeography, climate, climate change, espèce d'eau chaude, Mediterranean sea, Mer Méditerranée, temperature, tropicalisation, tropicalization, warm-water species, warming

There is now substancial evidence that the climate of our planet is in a phase of change and that, for instance, the average surface temperature of the sea is increasing. While the long-term effects of this warming are still debated, the responses of the marine biota are already visible. The Mediterranean Sea, the widest marine warm-temperate region in the world, forms a sort of climatic and biogeographic hinge between tropical and temperate seas. Present-day Mediterranean biodiversity is undergoing rapid alteration: because of the increased occurence of warm-water biota, it has been said that the Mediterranean is under a process of "tropicalization".



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