The demographic responses of long-lived endangered species to climate variability can be complex. Nonlinearities in physical and biological processes can obscure relationships between changes in climate and corresponding demographic responses. Efforts to conserve such species will require an understanding of the multi-tiered mechanisms linking climate variability to ecosystem processes and population dynamics. Here, we describe the physical-biological coupling of oceanographic processes linking climate variability to the reproduction of North Atlantic right whales. These findings suggest that future climate change, through its regional effects in the Northwest Atlantic, may emerge as a significant factor influencing recovery of this highly endangered species.
Greene, C.H., A.J. Pershing, R.D. Kenney, and J.W. Jossi. 2003. Impact of climate variability on the recovery of endangered North Atlantic right whales. Oceanography 16(4):98–103, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2003.16.
This is an open access article made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format as long as users cite the materials appropriately, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate the changes that were made to the original content. Images, animations, videos, or other third-party material used in articles are included in the Creative Commons license unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If the material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission directly from the license holder to reproduce the material.