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Title: Chapter 16: Vulnerability of marine mammals in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change
Authors: Lawler, I.R.
Parra, G.
Noad, M.
Corporate author: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Year of publication: 2007
Year: 2007
Publisher: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Place of publication: Townsville
Type of document: Book section or chapter
Abstract: The marine mammals of the GBR are an ecologically diverse group. They possess some important similarities in terms of life history and basic physiology that make general interpretations of their vulnerability to some impacts appropriate. These similarities are: • they are mammals, and thus air breathing and endothermic, consuming relatively large quantities of food relative to body size in comparison to fishes and invertebrates, and • they are long-lived and slow breeding so are susceptible to low levels of mortality, particularly of breeding adults. Our focus in this chapter is to relate how climate change impacts, and the flow-on consequences of them, will manifest in changes to habitats and food resources that in turn may affect the marine mammals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/548
metadata.dc.relation.uri: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/137
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Subjects: Marine mammals
Climatic changes
Conservation
Environmental management
Environmental impact
Wildlife
Animals
Plants
Ecosystems
Processes
Economic values
Social values
Climate change
Coastal communities
Reef-wide
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