[CT Birds] Bird-affecting wind changes in global warming

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Thu Jan 12 16:22:35 EST 2012

To the discussion of why are there more, e.g., razorbills in LIS, & other distribution questions, here's a link to another factor


European researchers have identified a creature they say is benefiting from the effects of climate change: the wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica.  

The scientists, who report their findings in Friday’s issue of the journal Science, say that climate change has strengthened and shifted winds in the region over the last few decades. They say the stronger winds make life easier for the birds, at least for now, and even helps them reproduce.

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“In marine systems, wind is a major component of the environment, and climate change-induced alterations in oceanic wind regimes and strength have already occurred and are predicted to increase,” . . . .

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