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Observed and predicted effects of climate on Australian seabirds


Chambers, LE and Devney, CA and Congdon, BC and Dunlop, N and Woehler, E and Dann, P, Observed and predicted effects of climate on Australian seabirds, Emu: Austral Ornithology, 111, (3) pp. 235-251. ISSN 0158-4197 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/MU10033


Although there is growing evidence of climate warming, for many regions the broader effects of climate variation on marine top predators remains unknown owing to the difficulty in obtaining, for synthesis, long-term and short- term datasets on multiple species. In the Australian region, climatic and oceanographic variability and change have been shown to affect marine species, often with profound consequences. Many seabirds are apex predators for which changes in climatic and oceanic dynamics have driven range movements poleward, reduced breeding success and altered breeding timing for some species. Here we review the literature to assess and determine the vulnerability of Australian seabirds to variation and change in climate and identify which species and ecosystems may be more resilient to future climate warming. It is clear from this synthesis that not all Australian seabirds are affected similarly, with responses varying by species and location. In addition, the paucity of information on the distribution and biology of seabird prey, foraging patterns and movements of seabirds, and the ability of seabirds to switch between prey species or adjust timing of life-cycles make generalisations about potential effects of future climate change and adaptive capacity in seabirds difficult. This applies both within Australia and elsewhere, where data are similarly sparse.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Woehler, E (Dr Eric Woehler)
ID Code:76791
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:79
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2012-03-13
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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