Impacts of climate change on coastal benthic ecosystems


Nathaniel Bensoussan

Nathaniel Bensoussan is a coastal oceanographer. He is co-funder of IPSO FACTO SCOParl where he is in charge of the Oceanography department since 2009. He works on in situ observation, data synthesis and biological-physical data merging. He collaborates with physicians, ecologists, biogeochemists and is involved in multidisciplinary projects dealing with the impacts of human activities on coastal and lacustrine ecosystems. More particularly, he is involved in the development of a Mediterranean network for the study of climate changes impacts on coastal benthic ecosystems.

Selected publications:

  • Crisci C., Bensoussan N., Romano J.C., Garrabou, J. (2011) Temperature anomalies and mortality events in marine communities: insights on factors behind differential mortality impacts in the NW Mediterranean. PLoS ONE 6(9): e23814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023814
  • Pairaud I.L., Gatti J., Bensoussan N., Verney R., Garreau P. (2011). Hydrology and circulation in a coastal area off Marseille: Validation of a nested 3D model with observations. Journal of Marine System 88 (1), 20-33 (on line)
  • Bensoussan N., Romano J.C., Harmelin J.G., Garrabou J. (2010) High resolution characterization of northwest Mediterranean coastal waters thermal regimes: to better understand responses of benthic communities to climate change. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 87:431-441
  • Bensoussan N., Romano JC., Harmelin JG., Pascual J. Garrabou J. (2009) Warming trends, regional fingerprints and future trajectories of NW Mediterranean coastal waters. Proceedings of the 1st Mediterranean symposium on the conservation of the coralligenous and other calcareous bio-concretions, 15-16 January, Tabarka, Tunisie – 15-16/01/2009 3pp.
  • Romano J.-C., Bensoussan N., Younes W.A.N., Arlhac D. (2000) Thermal anomaly in the waters of the Gulf of Marseilles during summer 1999. A partial explanation of the mortality of certain fixed invertebrates? Comptes rendus de l’Académie des Sciences III, Life Science 323:415-427.


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