Aquatic biochronologies and climate change

John R. Morrongiello, Ronald E. Thresher, David C. Smith

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Historical evidence provides essential context for models predicting the biological impacts of climate change. Such long-term data sets are relatively common for terrestrial taxa and environments, but sparse for aquatic systems. Aquatic biochronologies - generated from information recorded in the hard parts of fish, molluscs and corals that are archived in their millions worldwide - can provide valuable long-term ecological insights into marine and freshwater environments. These resources are, however, at present under-utilized in the measurement and prediction of ecological responses to climate change, despite their potential to provide unprecedented levels of spatial and temporal detail in aquatic environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-857
Number of pages9
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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