Im­pact of cli­mate change on plank­ton food webs

Current climate change predictions indicate increased levels of warming and declining salinity in the Baltic Sea, with negative implications for plankton food webs, which are an important component for ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services. It is therefore important to understand how these changes may shape the marine environment, to develop improved management strategies that ensure the conservation of marine ecosystems. So far, relatively little is known about the synergistic effect of temperature and salinity from a plankton food web perspective. The project, which is led be Clio Hall, aims to address this by investigating the response of trophic interactions within plankton communities (from bacteria to fish larvae) under different scenarios of warming and freshening of the Baltic Sea.

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