How will sea turtles cope with climate change?

Fuentes, Mariana, and Hawkes, Lucy (2011) How will sea turtles cope with climate change? Report Section. State of the World's Sea Turtles, USA.

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It is now widely accepted that climate change is a significant threat to biodiversity, especially to species like sea turtles whose life histories are sensitive to fluctuating environmental conditions. A growing number of studies have begun to investigate and predict how different climatic processes will affect sea turtles. Most of the studies have focused on the possible effects on turtle nesting beaches, which reflects the general terrestrial bias present in sea turtle research. Nevertheless, climate change is expected to affect turtles in multiple ways and at all life stages, from the loss of nesting beaches resulting from sea level rise and increased erosion, to feminization of turtle populations because of elevated nest temperatures, changes in reproductive periodicity, shifts in latitudinal ranges, and decreased reproductive success. Although some of these factors have received a fair amount of attention from researchers, much still remains unanswered about how climate change will affect things like hatchling dispersal and migration, foraging ecology, and the ways in which turtles will find new beaches if current beaches become unsuitable for nesting.

Item ID: 18890
Item Type: Report (Report Section)
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The State of the World's Sea Turtles. SWOT Report, Volume VI.

Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 05:36
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 90%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 50%
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