Climate Change Affects Deep-Sea Life
Monday, December 7, 2009
The cold dark expanses of the ocean floor may provide clues to the extent and effect of climate change on undersea ecosystems, said Ron Kaufmann, associate professor of marine science and environmental studies at the University of San Diego.
Kaufmann was one of the authors of a paper published this fall, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper was based on analyzing data from nearly 20 years of research on the composition and functions of deep-sea communities in two widely separated locations, one in the northeast Pacific and one in the northeast Atlantic. The findings show how animal communities on the abyssal seafloor are affected by climate change. (Full Story on Inside USD)