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Kouki Tanaka, Seiya Taino, Hiroko Haraguchi, Gabrielle Prendergast and Masanori Hiraoka Warming off southwestern Japan linked to distributional shifts of subtidal canopy-forming seaweeds Ecology and Evolution 2

Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.391

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Our article is based on field observations of seaweeds at 2401 points in 713 km of coast line, successive decadal reports, and very large datasets of daily recorded sea surface temperatures for 40 years at several points, thus providing invaluable, robust detail for modeling the impact of ocean warming. All our study areas have warmed significantly; in particular, those more directly in the path of the Kuroshio Current have seen striking warming of 0.3°C/decade over the past 40 years. There has been a shift toward tropical and away from temperate seaweed species.

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