Global warming-enhanced stratification and mass mortality events in the Mediterranean.

@article{Coma2009GlobalWS,
  title={Global warming-enhanced stratification and mass mortality events in the Mediterranean.},
  author={Rafel Coma and M. I. Ib{\'a}{\~n}ez Ribes and Eduard Serrano and Eroteida Jim{\'e}nez and Jordi Salat and Josep Pascual},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 15},
  pages={6176-81}
}
Summer conditions in the Mediterranean Sea are characterized by high temperatures and low food availability. This leads to "summer dormancy" in many benthic suspension feeders due to energetic constraints. Analysis of the most recent 33-year temperature time series demonstrated enhanced stratification due to global warming, which produced a approximately 40% lengthening of summer conditions. Many biological processes are expected to be affected by this trend, culminating in such events as mass… CONTINUE READING