Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 19, 1833–1851, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1833-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 1833–1851, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1833-2022
Research article
01 Apr 2022
Research article | 01 Apr 2022

Spatial changes in community composition and food web structure of mesozooplankton across the Adriatic basin (Mediterranean Sea)

Emanuela Fanelli et al.

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Zooplankton play a key role in marine ecosystems, forming the base of the marine food web and a link between primary producers and higher-order consumers, such as fish. This aspect is crucial in the Adriatic basin, one of the most productive and overexploited areas of the Mediterranean Sea. A better understanding of community and food web structure and their response to water mass changes is essential under a global warming scenario, as zooplankton are sensitive to climate change.
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