Northward movement of zooplankton between 1958-2005

Figure Created 12 Nov 2009 Published 12 Nov 2009 Last modified 09 Nov 2017
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The northward movement of zoo-plankton spanning five decades


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The warm-water species (warm-temperate pseudo oceanic species) are moving north and cold-water species (sub-arctic species) are moving north, and have greatly decreased their presence in the North Sea. In the past 45 years, a rapid (approximately 1 100 km) northward movement along the continental shelf edge has been observed. Data are based on observations from the Continuous Plankton Recorder

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