The North Sea plankton regime shift in the late 1990s: Comment on Beaugrand et al. (2014)

S. Alvarez Fernandez

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Abstract

Beaugrand et al. (2014; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 502: 85-104) reported a regime shift in the North Sea plankton community between 1996 and 2003 as a novel observation. Although they used novel methodology, a shift in the plankton community around 1998 had previously been described by Alvarez-Fernandez et al. (2012; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 462: 21-38). Both studies have similar results, but their interpretation differs: Beaugrand et al. (2014) conclude that temperature is the driving force, whereas Alvarez-Fernandez et al. (2012) attribute the regime shift to changes in nutrient dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-280
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume514
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • subpolar gyre
  • temperature
  • atlantic
  • size

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