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Explainer: Marine predators as climate sentinels

How can marine predators act as climate sentinels? Watch Dr. Kylie Scales explain.

Want to read more about marine top predators as climate and ecosystem sentinels?

This paper discusses climate sentinels and ecosystem sentinels in more detail

In a nutshell:

Marine top predators are often conspicuous and wide ranging, and integrate information from the bottom to the top of the food web

Such predators could act as “sentinels” of an ecosystem’s response to climate variability and change

We define the terms “climate sentinel” and “ecosystem sentinel”, and describe the features of marine predators that would make them useful in these roles

Choosing one or more appropriate sentinels can provide insight into ecosystem processes and help to manage changing ecosystems into the future

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Life Below Water: Conservation, Current Issues, Possible Solutions

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