Can marine hydrothermal vents be used as natural laboratories to study global change effects on zooplankton in a future ocean?

It is claimed that oceanic hydrothermal vents (HVs), particularly the shallow water ones, offer particular advantages to better understand the effects of future climate and other global change on oceanic biota. Marine hydrothermal vents (HVs) are extreme oceanic environments that are similar to projected climate changes of the earth system ocean (e.g., changes of circulation patterns, elevated temperature, low pH, increased turbidity, increased bioavailability of toxic compounds. Studies on hydrothermal vent organisms may fill knowledge gaps of environmental and evolutionary adaptations to this extreme oceanic environment. In the present contribution we evaluate whether hydrothermal vents can be used as natural laboratories for a better understanding of zooplankton ecology under a global change scenario.

Dahms H.-U., Thirunavukkarasu S. & Hwang J.-S., 2023. Can marine hydrothermal vents be used as natural laboratories to study global change effects on zooplankton in a future ocean? Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 11(1): 163. doi: 10.3390/jmse11010163. Article.

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