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The global oceans step into the spotlight this month, as we feature articles on how their circulation and temperatures change, and how these shifts affect ecosystems around the world.  

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  • The authors investigate the mechanism underlying the multigenerational resilience of a copepod to ocean acidification. They demonstrate that recovery of negative reproductive impacts is linked to epigenetic changes and highlight the need to consider plasticity in estimating future vulnerabilities.

    • Young Hwan Lee
    • Min-Sub Kim
    • Jae-Seong Lee
    Article Open Access
  • Anthropogenic changes in ocean eddies are difficult to distinguish from natural variability due to short satellite records. Here model projections show a poleward shift and intensification of eddy kinetic energy in most eddy-rich regions; however, Gulf Stream eddy activity decreases.

    • Nathan Beech
    • Thomas Rackow
    • Thomas Jung
    Article Open Access
  • Decarbonization of the aviation sector is difficult due to increasing demand and the current lack of scalable mitigation technologies. This Analysis examines pathways towards a net-zero aviation system with improved fuel and aircraft technologies, efficiency gains and contrail avoidance.

    • Lynnette Dray
    • Andreas W. Schäfer
    • Steven R. H. Barrett
    Analysis
  • Observed warming of the Southern Hemisphere western boundary currents (WBCs) is still under debate. Here poleward shifts, associated with changes in the mid-latitude easterly winds, of the WBCs, not strengthening, are found to drive enhanced eddy generation and ocean warming in their extensions.

    • Junde Li
    • Moninya Roughan
    • Colette Kerry
    Article
  • The authors use daily data to understand current thermal conditions across ocean depths and project changes under various future scenarios. They show varying responses in thermal range shifts on the basis of depth, highlighting complexities in predicting marine life habitat under global change.

    • Yeray Santana-Falcón
    • Roland Séférian
    Article
  • The authors compile an underwater sonar database to understand the current and future distribution of pelagic fauna in the world’s oceans. They show loss of 3–22% of these fauna in low and mid latitudes under high-emissions scenarios, with impact reduced to less than half if global warming is contained below 2 °C.

    • Alejandro Ariza
    • Matthieu Lengaigne
    • Arnaud Bertrand
    Article
  • Nearly two years into the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science, research, including some featured in this month’s issue, shows that there is still a wealth of scientific secrets to uncover in the ocean depths.

    Editorial
  • Infrastructure investment needs to account for climate change globally, yet most day-to-day projects are small and poorly served by economic assessment processes. Four simple adjustments to cost–benefit analysis practices would greatly improve decision making for future infrastructure resilience.

    • Russell M. Wise
    • Tim Capon
    • Mark Stafford-Smith
    Comment

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