Marine Biodiversity (2018) 48:715–718 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0884-7 EDITORIAL 1 1 2 3 Karin Meißner & Saskia Brix & Kenneth M. Halanych & Anna M. Jażdżewska Received: 23 March 2018 /Accepted: 23 March 2018 /Published online: 11 April 2018 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 This special issue focuses on the biodiversity of Icelandic Importantly, the IceAGE project and its predecessors, waters and on the outcome of the IceAGE (Icelandic BIOFAR and BIOICE, offer unprecedented baseline data for Animals: Genetics and Ecology) project. It presents interna- two major societal issues facing current and future generations. tional efforts to deepen our understanding of deep-water eco- One is the impact of climate change on the deep sea. The systems and biodiversity patterns found in the region. The northern Atlantic region around Iceland has long been known IceAGE project is a successor of BIOFAR and BIOICE stud- to be a critical region for regulation of the global thermohaline ies that explored the biodiversity found on the continental circulation. Recent reports have shown that human-mediated shelves around the Faroe Islands and Iceland, respectively. global climate change is already producing measurable chang- In contrast, IceAGE is exploring the diversity of
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