Recent Changes in Biodiversity in the Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean): is there a Climatic Forcing?

  • C. Morri
  • C. N. Bianchi


A few case studies from the Ligurian Sea provide examples of how climate change has influence on marine biodiversity. This influence may be either direct (bryozoan population dynamics, coral growth, sea-grass shoot density) or indirect, mediated by biotic interactions (bivalves in a sandy bottom community) or marine currents (fish and rocky bottom communities, entering of southern species. The difficulty of distinguishing between anthropogenic and climatic actions on the marine biota emphasises the need to study marine biodiversity in the context of the physical setting and the relevant space and time scales.


Marine Community Marine Biodiversity Climatic Force Southern Species Posidonia Oceanica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Morri
    • 1
  • C. N. Bianchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento Territorio e RisorseUniversità di GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Centro Ricerche Ambiente MarinoENEA Santa TeresaLa SpeziaItaly

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