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

  title={Global warming-enhanced stratification and mass mortality events in the Mediterranean},
  author={Rafel Comaa and Marta Ribesb and Eduard Serranoa and Eroteida Jim{\'e}neza and Jordi Salatb and Josep Pascualc},
  • Rafel Comaa, Marta Ribesb, +3 authors Josep Pascualc
  • Published 2009
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 40% lengthening of summer conditions. Many biological processes are expected to be affected by this trend, culminating in such events as mass mortality of… CONTINUE READING

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