Impact of climate change on pelagic birding

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Subject: Impact of climate change on pelagic birding
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:58:37 +1000
There are some interesting articles reporting rapidly rising temperatures in key ocean currents - scientists compared "five ocean currents that run along the east coasts of Africa, Japan, the USA, Brazil and Australia" and "that over the past century the water in the currents has warmed two to three times faster than the rest of the world's oceans." < >

These temperature changes will affect the distribution of marine life and I suspect are likely to impinge on the distributions of pelagic bird species. It would be an interesting exercise to overlay species sightings with sea temperatures and to see how bird distributions change over time.

Perhaps a thesis topic for someone ...

Regards, Laurie.

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