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The average global temperature is predicted to increase by 3 • C by the end of this century due to human-induced climate change. The overall metabolism of the aquatic biota will be directly affected by rising temperatures and associated changes. Since thermal stability is a characteristic of groundwater ecosystems, global warming is expected to have a profound effect on the groundwater fauna. The prediction that stygobitic (obligate groundwater dweller) species are vulnerable to climate changedoi:10.3390/w9120951 fatcat:2gfkyfcsjfgfpk6xxvlzrhpvpm