Monday, June 23, 2008

Climate Change and Crab Island Flatbacks

Climate change has the potential to impact upon the Crab Island nesting population in a number of ways: mainly due to the loss of nesting (and feeding) habitats due to sea-level rise; and increased sand temperatures, which can lead to changes in sex ratios or potentially result in mortality. Importantly, part of this project will aim to quantify the impacts that climate change will have on flatback sea turtles in the area by the collection of baseline data, provide a model for assessing future climate change impacts, and begin to shape how conservation strategies are developed to protect the nesting population in the face of climate change.

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