Scientists have shown how ocean temperature shifts have transformed the make-up of the UK’s coastal species. New research has given a clear indication of the rapid effect of climate change on coastal habitats in 40 years. The study, published in Global Change Biology, examined data from 1980 to 2018 and showed how populations of common coastal creatures such as barnacles, seaweeds, limpets and snails had changed, from Shetland to Cornwall. Changes in these “indicator species” show a 250km northwards shift of communities in response to warming seas, meaning Shetland’s coastal marine community is now similar to that of northwest Scotland 40 years ago.
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