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Impacts of climate change on marine top predators: Advances and future challenges


Hobday, AJ and Arrizabalaga, H and Evans, K and Nicol, S and Young, JW and Weng, KC, Impacts of climate change on marine top predators: Advances and future challenges, Deep-Sea Research II, 113 pp. 1-8. ISSN 0967-0645 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.01.013


Oceanic top predators are the subject of studies by researchers under the international Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) program. A wide range of data sets have shown that environmental conditions, such as temperature and marine productivity, affect the distribution and biological processes of these species, and thus the activities of the humans that depend on them. In this special issue, 25 papers arising from the 2nd CLIOTOP symposium, held in Noumea, New Caledonia in February 2013 report the importance of realistic physical descriptions of oceanic processes for climate change projections, demonstrate a wide range of predator responses to historical climate variability, describe new analytical approaches for understanding the physiology, behaviour and trophodynamics, and project future distributions for a range of species. Several contributions discuss the implications for conservation and fisheries and show that resolving ecosystem management challenges and conflicts in the face of climate change is possible, but will require attention by decision-makers to issues that are broader than their traditional mandate. In the coming years, an increased focus on the development of management options to reduce the impacts of climate change on top predators and their dependent industries is needed.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:climate variability, CLIOTOP, management, pelagic fisheries, prey, trophodynamics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Evans, K (Dr Karen Evans)
ID Code:118896
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-21
Last Modified:2018-01-19

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