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Global decline of pelagic fauna in a warmer ocean


Pelagic fauna is expected to be impacted under climate change according to ecosystem simulations. However, the direction and magnitude of the impact is still uncertain and still not corroborated by observational-based statistical studies. Here we compile a global underwater sonar database and 20 ocean climate projections to predict the future distribution of sound-scattering fauna around the world's oceans. We show that global pelagic fauna will be seriously compromised by the end of the 21 st century, if we continue under the current greenhouse emission scenario. Low and mid latitudes are expected to lose from 3 to 22% of animal biomass due to the expansion of low-productive systems, while higher latitudes would be populated by present-day temperate fauna, supporting conclusions drawn from ecosystem simulations. We further show that strong-mitigation measures to contain global warming below 2°C would reduce these impacts to less than half.
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hal-03815394 , version 1 (14-10-2022)



Alejandro Ariza, Matthieu Lengaigne, Christophe Menkes, Anne Lebourges-Dhaussy, Aurore Receveur, et al.. Global decline of pelagic fauna in a warmer ocean. Nature Climate Change, 2022, 12, pp.928 - 934. ⟨10.1038/s41558-022-01479-2⟩. ⟨hal-03815394⟩
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