Climate extremes can drive biological assemblages to early successional stages compared to several mild disturbances

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Title: Climate extremes can drive biological assemblages to early successional stages compared to several mild disturbances
Authors: Sanz-Lázaro, Carlos
Research Group/s: Biología Marina
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Extreme climatic events | Biological assemblages | Climate change | Ecological consequences
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: 16-Aug-2016
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Scientific Reports. 2016, 6: 30607. doi:10.1038/srep30607
Abstract: Extreme climatic events have a major role in the structuring of biological communities, and their occurrence is expected to increase due to climate change. Here I use a manipulative approach to test the effects of extreme storm events on rocky mid-shore assemblages. This study shows that an extreme storm can cause more negative effects than several mild storms, primarily by bringing the biological assemblages towards early stages of succession. This finding contrasts with the effects of clustering of climatic events due to climate change, which are expected to mitigate its ecological impacts. Thus, the ecological consequences of climatic events that are influenced by climate change may have contrasting effects depending on the features that are considered. These results have relevant implications in the forecasting of the ecological consequences of climate change and should be considered when designing measures to mitigate its effects.
Sponsor: I have been financially supported by a postdoctoral grant from the Alfonso Martín Escudero Foundation and the University of Alicante (reference: GRE13-18), both from Spain.
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/srep30607
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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