Researchers say predicting response in marine ecosystems may be easier
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Forecasting how marine species will move as the oceans warm may be easier than doing the same for land animals, said a group of scientists who systematically compared the responses of marine and terrestrial species.
To reach their conclusions, the researchers used previously published data on the the physiological temperature limits – tolerance to heating and cooling levels – on 169 cold-blooded marine and terrestrial species, then compared the data with the regions the species inhabit.
Fish and other ocean-dwelling species closely matched up with habitat that met their requirements, while terrestrial animals able to tolerate conditions more outside the range of what their internal thermometers suggest they can live in — in other words, warm temperatures aren’t limiting them from living in closer to the equator. (more…)
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