Special Issue "Global Change Effects on Marine Benthos"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Ricardo Haroun

University Institute ECOAQUA, Scientific & Technological Marine Park, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Interests: marine biology; biodiversity and conservation; taxonomy; ecophysiology; benthic ecology; environmental management; ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, the signals of environmental changes derived from anthropogenic activities have accelerated around the world, with many challenges and impacts reported in the scientific literature. Our understanding of the drivers and effects in the marine realm are increasing; robust science is produced with the identification of diverse environmental problems as well as future scenarios being published.

Our Blue Planet and coastlines are keystone elements for life on Earth, with a constant need to advance scientific knowledge about the drivers, effects and impacts of global change on marine Biota. The span of this Special Issue will cover a range of disciplines associated with marine bentos and how their are affected by global change. The ecological effects of temperature rise, acidification, eutrophication, increase of storminess and disturbances, as well as their relationship with species phenology, reproduction, and range shift, invasive species, endangered species and habitat losses, changes in the structure and/or composition of benthic communities, as well as on benthic trophic chain modifications are clear examples of potential subjects considered for publishing.

Our aim is to highlight new research and promote the publication of the most relevant worldwide scientific knowledge dealing with human-caused global changes on benthic species, communities, and ecosystems. In this sense, this Special Issue will help to fill the scientific gap on global change topics affecting marine benthos and, consequently, provides an important contribution for sustainability and developing much demanded real case solutions to mitigate those effects in the marine realm. 

Prof. Ricardo Haroun
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Climate
  • Species
  • Habitats
  • Benthic ecosystems
  • Temperature
  • pH rise
  • Disturbances
  • Coastal human activities
  • Trophic chains
  • Benthic ecology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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