31 December 2013
Source: International Business Times
Author: Kukil Bora
An international team of researchers have used advanced climate models to measure future loss of deep-sea marine life, and have found that even the most remote aquatic ecosystems are not safe from the impacts of climate change.
According to results of the research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, seafloor-dwelling marine life is predicted to decline by up to 38 percent in the North Atlantic and by more than five percent globally over the next century. These changes, which will also endanger human activities such as fishing, will be driven by a decline in the number of plants and animals that live near the surface of the oceans.
“There has been some speculation about climate change impacts on the seafloor, but we wanted to try and make numerical projections for these changes and estimate specifically where they would occur,” Daniel Jones, the study’s lead author said in a statement.