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Chapter 14: Vulnerability of seabirds on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

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Title: Chapter 14: Vulnerability of seabirds on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change
Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Townsville
Type of document: Book section or chapter
Abstract: Seabirds are highly visible, charismatic predators in marine ecosystems that are defined as feeding exclusively at sea, in either nearshore, offshore or pelagic waters. At a conservative estimate there are approximately 0.7 billion individuals of 309 species of seabirds globally. Such high population abundance means that in all ecosystems where seabirds occur the levels of marine resources they consume are significant. Such high consumption rates also mean that seabirds play a number of important functional roles in marine ecosystems, including the transfer of nutrients from offshore and pelagic areas to islands and reefs, seed dispersal and the distribution of organic matter into lower parts of the developing soil profile (eg burrow-nesting species such as shearwaters).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/546
metadata.dc.relation.uri: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/137
ISBN: 9781876945619
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
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