Scientific Literature Related to Marine Mammals and Climate Change ? an Update
Laetitia Nunny and Mark P Simmonds
Further to a previous report to the IWC Scientific Committee in 2016 and in preparation for the IWC workshop on Climate Change and Cetaceans planned for later in 2021, an update on the relevant scientific literature is provided here. This is still a work in progress and will be further updated and developed.
This preliminary assessment suggests that the focus of studies has broadened in recent years to more regions and species with less of a focus on the Arctic and polar bears. Other significant developments may include research seeking to assess the risk from climate change to marine mammals, including ranking the relative vulnerabilities of different taxa, and papers considering the ‘ecosystems services’ provided by cetaceans.