Quantifying the sensitivity of Arctic marine mammals to climate-induced habitat change.

  title={Quantifying the sensitivity of Arctic marine mammals to climate-induced habitat change.},
  author={Kristin L. Laidre and Ian Stirling and Lloyd F. Lowry and Oystein Wiig and Mads Peter Heide‐J{\o}rgensen and Steven H. Ferguson},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={18 2 Suppl},
  • K. Laidre, I. Stirling, S. Ferguson
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
We review seven Arctic and four subarctic marine mammal species, their habitat requirements, and evidence for biological and demographic responses to climate change. We then describe a pan-Arctic quantitative index of species sensitivity to climate change based on population size, geographic range, habitat specificity, diet diversity, migration, site fidelity, sensitivity to changes in sea ice, sensitivity to changes in the trophic web, and maximum population growth potential (R(max)). The… 

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