Environmental Studies Lunchtime Lecture Series- How Climate Change is Shaping the Future of Right Whales
Featuring: Nick Record, Bigelow Laboratory
The North Atlantic right whale is one of Earth’s most endangered animals; only about 400 individuals remain. They play an important role in the marine ecosystem, and, because of their endangered status, a great amount of effort goes into understanding the population, even to the level of individual whales. In the Gulf of Maine, climate change is reorganizing the ecosystem, putting their future at risk. Oceanographic changes, driven by climate change, are occurring so rapidly that efforts to manage the species have had to be reactive. Advances in oceanographic forecasting can offer key insights to improving protections for whales in a more variable environment.