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Coincident changes in four components of the North Sea ecosystem

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kim Pearce, Professor Christopher Frid


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An analysis of species composition of the zooplankton, macrobenthos (two stations) and demersal fish from Northumberland (north-west North Sea) are reported. The four time-series show synchronous changes in species composition. While some of these changes coincide with changes in climateological variables, others do not. The degree of synchrony implies that either all the time-series are responding to a single set of extraneous forcing factors, or that food chain links, rapidly translate the signal through all ecosystem components.

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Author(s): Pearce KF, Frid CLJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Year: 1999

Volume: 79

Issue: 1

Pages: 183-185

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0025-3154

ISSN (electronic): 1469-7769

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0025315498000216


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