Changes in the range of some common rocky shore species in Britain - A response to climate change?

Mieszkowska, N., Kendall, M. A., Hawkins, S. J., Leaper, R., Williamson, P. ORCID:, Hardman-Mountford, N. J. and Southward, A. J. (2006) Changes in the range of some common rocky shore species in Britain - A response to climate change? Hydrobiologia, 555 (1). pp. 241-251. ISSN 1573-5117

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Since the 1990s there has been a period of rapid climate warming in Europe. Long-term broad scale datasets coupled with time series at specific locations for rocky intertidal species dating back to the 1950s have been collected in Britain and Ireland. Resurveys of the original locations in 2001-2003 have been undertaken to identify changes in the biogeographical range and abundance of these species. The results show that some 'southern' species including Osilinus lineatus da Costa and Gibbula umbilicalis da Costa have undergone north and north-eastern range extensions. Populations have increased in abundance and adult size has decreased since the previous surveys were conducted. These changes have been synchronous throughout Britain, strongly suggesting that climate is responsible. The use of intertidal species as indicators of climate change is proposed.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The MarClim Project ( is funded by Countryside Council for Wales, The Crown Estates, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, English Nature, Environment Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Scottish Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage, States of Jersey and Worldwide Fund for Nature. S.J.H. also received support from a small NERC research grant between 1990 and 2002 for data collection and intertidal survey, and by a Grant In Aid at the Marine Biological Association of the UK. MarClim would also like to thank Pippa Moore and Roger Herbert for assistance with fieldwork and Rosemary Bowman for information on her field observations for selected species. Data used by the authors in this study include data produced through funding from the Earth Observing System Pathfinder Program of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth in cooperation with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Fig. 1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: change,climate,indicator,intertidal,marclim,rocky,aquatic science,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1104
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2011 10:14
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 12:33
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-005-1120-6

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