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UV effects that come and go: A global comparison of marine benthic community level impacts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sergey Dobretsov, Dr Simone Duerr, Dr Jeremy Thomason


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Ambient UV radiation has substantially increased during decades, but its impact on marine benthic communities is hardly known. The aim of this study was to globally compare and quantify how shallow hard-bottom communities are affected by UV during early succession. Identical field experiments in 10 different coastal regions of both hemispheres produced a consistent but unexpected pattern: (i) UV radiation affected species diversity and community biomass in a very similar manner, (ii) diversity and biomass were reduced to a larger extent by UVA than UVB radiation, (iii) ambient UV levels did not affect the composition of the communities, and (iv) any UV effects disappeared during species succession after 2-3 months. Thus, current levels of UV radiation seem to have small, predictable, and transient effects on shallow marine hard-bottom communities. © 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Author(s): Wahl M, Molis M, Davis A, Dobretsov S, Durr ST, Johansson J, Kinley J, Kirugara D, Langer M, Lotze HK, Thiel M, Thomason JC, Worm B, Ben-Yosef DZ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Global Change Biology

Year: 2004

Volume: 10

Issue: 12

Pages: 1962-1972

ISSN (print): 1354-1013

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2486

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2004.00872.x


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