Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica’s Ross Sea in the coming century


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NSF Press Release 14-028

Rising temperatures and changing wind patterns sure to affect predator-prey relationships, researchers say

Adelie penguins crossing ice floesAdelie penguins cross ice floes near a lead–or opening–in the sea ice at Cape Royds.
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The Ross Sea, a major, biologically productive Antarctic ecosystem, “clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change” in the coming decades as rising temperatures and changing wind patterns create longer periods of ice-free open water, affecting the life cycles of both predators and prey, according to a paper published by researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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