Antarctic penguin response to habitat change as Earth's troposphere reaches 2°C above preindustrial levels


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dc.contributor.author Ainley, David G.
dc.contributor.author Russell, Joellen
dc.contributor.author Jenouvrier, Stephanie
dc.contributor.author Woehler, Eric
dc.contributor.author Lyver, Philip O'B.
dc.contributor.author Fraser, William R.
dc.contributor.author Kooyman, Gerald L.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-13T15:06:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-13T15:06:09Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02
dc.identifier.citation Ecological Monographs 80 (2010): 49–66 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/4669
dc.description Author Posting. © Ecological Society of America, 2010. This article is posted here by permission of Ecological Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Ecological Monographs 80 (2010): 49–66, doi:10.1890/08-2289.1. en_US
dc.description.abstract We assess the response of pack ice penguins, Emperor (Aptenodytes forsteri) and Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae), to habitat variability and, then, by modeling habitat alterations, the qualitative changes to their populations, size and distribution, as Earth's average tropospheric temperature reaches 2°C above preindustrial levels (ca. 1860), the benchmark set by the European Union in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. First, we assessed models used in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on penguin performance duplicating existing conditions in the Southern Ocean. We chose four models appropriate for gauging changes to penguin habitat: GFDL-CM2.1, GFDL-CM2.0, MIROC3.2(hi-res), and MRI-CGCM2.3.2a. Second, we analyzed the composited model ENSEMBLE to estimate the point of 2°C warming (2025–2052) and the projected changes to sea ice coverage (extent, persistence, and concentration), sea ice thickness, wind speeds, precipitation, and air temperatures. Third, we considered studies of ancient colonies and sediment cores and some recent modeling, which indicate the (space/time) large/centennial-scale penguin response to habitat limits of all ice or no ice. Then we considered results of statistical modeling at the temporal interannual-decadal scale in regard to penguin response over a continuum of rather complex, meso- to large-scale habitat conditions, some of which have opposing and others interacting effects. The ENSEMBLE meso/decadal-scale output projects a marked narrowing of penguins' zoogeographic range at the 2°C point. Colonies north of 70° S are projected to decrease or disappear: 50% of Emperor colonies (40% of breeding population) and 75% of Adélie colonies (70% of breeding population), but limited growth might occur south of 73° S. Net change would result largely from positive responses to increase in polynya persistence at high latitudes, overcome by decreases in pack ice cover at lower latitudes and, particularly for Emperors, ice thickness. Adélie Penguins might colonize new breeding habitat where concentrated pack ice diverges and/or disintegrating ice shelves expose coastline. Limiting increase will be decreased persistence of pack ice north of the Antarctic Circle, as this species requires daylight in its wintering areas. Adélies would be affected negatively by increasing snowfall, predicted to increase in certain areas owing to intrusions of warm, moist marine air due to changes in the Polar Jet Stream. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This project was funded by the World Wildlife Fund and the National Science Foundation, NSF grant OPP-0440643 (D. G. Ainley), and a Marie-Curie Fellowship to S. Jenouvrier. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ecological Society of America en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/08-2289.1
dc.subject Adelie penguin en_US
dc.subject Antarctica en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Climate modeling en_US
dc.subject Emperor Penguin en_US
dc.subject Habitat optimum en_US
dc.subject Sea ice en_US
dc.subject 2°C warming en_US
dc.title Antarctic penguin response to habitat change as Earth's troposphere reaches 2°C above preindustrial levels en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1890/08-2289.1

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