MEPS 454:107-117 (2012)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps09806

INTRODUCTION
Seabirds and climate change: roadmap for the future

William J. Sydeman1,*, Sarah Ann Thompson1, Alexander Kitaysky2

1Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, Petaluma, California 94952, USA
2Institute of Arctic Biology, Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, USA

ABSTRACT: Based in part on a symposium held at the first World Seabird Conference in September, 2010 in Victoria, BC, Canada, we present a Theme Section (TS) on the topic of seabirds and climate change. We introduce this TS with a meta-analysis of key attributes of the current seabird−climate literature, based on 108 publications representing almost 3000 seabird−climate associations (mostly correlations) published up to 2011. Using the papers in this TS and our meta-analysis, a brief roadmap for the future of seabird−climate change research is presented. Seabird studies have contributed substantially to the literature on marine climate effects. To improve our understanding of climate change effects on seabirds at the global scale, however, additional low-latitude, mechanistic, and ‘end-to-end’ modeling studies, including integration of climatic, oceanographic, food web, and population dynamics models, should be conducted. This approach will enhance our understanding of the relationship between climate and population dynamics, and facilitate seabird conservation in a changing world.


KEY WORDS: Conference proceedings · Climate effects · Marine birds · Meta-analysis


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Cite this article as: Sydeman WJ, Thompson SA, Kitaysky A (2012) Seabirds and climate change: roadmap for the future. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 454:107-117. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps09806

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