Last Ice: the Fate of the Bering Sea Mammals in Response to Climate Change

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 10:00 AM AKST
Gary Hufford, National Weather Service

Gary Hufford, National Weather Service
Sea ice in the Bering Sea is beginning to recede apparently in response to climate change. Walrus and Ribbon Seals seek ice floes as habitat where they breed, give birth and haulout to rest. This makes the walrus and ribbon seal vulnerable to and an indicator of climate change. There is also evidence that the walrus may play a role in the productivity of the Bering Sea by releasing nutrients trapped in pore waters of the bottom sediment when they feed. Join us for this webinar to learn more and and discuss the potential implications of loss of these species.

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