Impacts of climate change on marine top predators: Advances and future challenges

Alistair J. Hobday, Haritz Arrizabalaga, Karen Evans, Simon Nicol, Jock W. Young, Kevin C. Weng

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Oceanic top predators are the subject of studies by researchers under the international Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) program. A wide range of data sets have shown that environmental conditions, such as temperature and marine productivity, affect the distribution and biological processes of these species, and thus the activities of the humans that depend on them. In this special issue, 25 papers arising from the 2nd CLIOTOP symposium, held in Noumea, New Caledonia in February 2013 report the importance of realistic physical descriptions of oceanic processes for climate change projections, demonstrate a wide range of predator responses to historical climate variability, describe new analytical approaches for understanding the physiology, behaviour and trophodynamics, and project future distributions for a range of species. Several contributions discuss the implications for conservation and fisheries and show that resolving ecosystem management challenges and conflicts in the face of climate change is possible, but will require attention by decision-makers to issues that are broader than their traditional mandate. In the coming years, an increased focus on the development of management options to reduce the impacts of climate change on top predators and their dependent industries is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalDeep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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