Trait-based approaches in rapidly changing ecosystems: A roadmap to the future polar oceans.
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Bluhm, Bodil A.
Albano, Paolo G.
Grebmeier, Jacqueline M.
Nordstrom, Marie C.
Shojaei, Mehdi Ghodrati
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Polar marine regions are facing rapid changes induced by climate change, with consequences for local faunal populations, but also for overall ecosystem functioning, goods and services. Yet given the complexity of polar marine ecosystems, predicting the mode, direction and extent of these consequences remains challenging. Trait based approaches are increasingly adopted as a tool by which to explore changes in functioning, but trait information is largely absent for the high latitudes. Some understanding of trait function relationships can be gathered from studies at lower latitudes, but given the uniqueness of polar ecosystems it is questionable whether these relationships can be directly transferred. Here we discuss the challenges of using trait-based approaches in polar regions and present a roadmap of how to overcome them by following six interlinked steps: (1) forming an active, international research network, (2) standardizing terminology and methodology, (3) building and crosslink.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Spatial CoveragePolar Region
CitationDegen, R., Aune, M., Bluhm, B. A., Cassidy, C., Kędra, M., et al.(2018) Trait-based approaches in rapidly changing ecosystems: a roadmap to the future polar oceans. Ecological Indicators, 91, pp.722–736. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.050
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