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Widespread Biological Response to Rapid Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula

Overview of attention for article published in Current Biology, May 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 7,026)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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254 news outlets
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9 blogs
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126 tweeters
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10 Facebook pages
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1 Redditor
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Title
Widespread Biological Response to Rapid Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula
Published in
Current Biology, May 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2017.04.034
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Authors

Matthew J. Amesbury, Thomas P. Roland, Jessica Royles, Dominic A. Hodgson, Peter Convey, Howard Griffiths, Dan J. Charman, Amesbury, Matthew J., Roland, Thomas P., Royles, Jessica, Hodgson, Dominic A., Convey, Peter, Griffiths, Howard, Charman, Dan J.

Abstract

Annual temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth, have risen by up to 0.56°C per decade since the 1950s. Terrestrial and marine organisms have shown changes in populations and distributions over this time, suggesting that the ecology of the Antarctic Peninsula is changing rapidly. However, these biological records are shorter in length than the meteorological data, and observed population changes cannot be securely linked to longer-term trends apparent in paleoclimate data. We developed a unique time series of past moss growth and soil microbial activity from a 150-year-old moss bank at the southern limit of significant plant growth based on accumulation rates, cellulose δ(13)C, and fossil testate amoebae. We show that growth rates and microbial productivity have risen rapidly since the 1960s, consistent with temperature changes, although recently they may have stalled. The recent increase in terrestrial plant growth rates and soil microbial activity are unprecedented in the last 150 years and are consistent with climate change. Future changes in terrestrial biota are likely to track projected temperature increases closely and will fundamentally change the ecology and appearance of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 3%
Argentina 1 3%
Netherlands 1 3%
Unknown 32 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 10 29%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 17%
Researcher 6 17%
Student > Master 4 11%
Professor 2 6%
Other 7 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 46%
Environmental Science 7 20%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 5 14%
Unspecified 4 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 2 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2177. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 31 August 2017.
All research outputs
#267
of 8,420,358 outputs
Outputs from Current Biology
#4
of 7,026 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#29
of 245,345 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Current Biology
#2
of 225 outputs
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