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Integrating spatial data and shorebird nesting locations to predict the potential future impact of global warming on coastal habitats: A case study on Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia


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AlRashidi, M., Shobrak, M., Al-Eissa, M. S. and Szekely, T., 2012. Integrating spatial data and shorebird nesting locations to predict the potential future impact of global warming on coastal habitats: A case study on Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 19 (3), pp. 311-315.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2012.02.001

    Abstract

    One of the expected effects of the global warming is changing coastal habitats by accelerating the rate of sea level rise. Coastal habitats support large number of marine and wetland species including shorebirds (plovers, sandpipers and allies). In this study, we investigate how coastal habitats may be impacted by sea level rise in the Farasan Islands, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We use Kentish plover Charadrius alexandrinus - a common coastal breeding shorebird - as an ecological model species to predict the influence of sea level rise. We found that any rise of sea level is likely to inundate 11% of Kentish plover nests. In addition, 5% of the coastal areas of Farasan Islands, which support 26% of Kentish plover nests, will be flooded, if sea level rises by one metre. Our results are constrained by the availability of data on both elevation and bird populations. Therefore, we recommend follow-up studies to model the impacts of sea level rise using different elevation scenarios, and the establishment of a monitoring programme for breeding shorebirds and seabirds in Farasan Islands to assess the impact of climate change on their populations.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsAlRashidi, M., Shobrak, M., Al-Eissa, M. S. and Szekely, T.
    DOI10.1016/j.sjbs.2012.02.001
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Biology & Biochemistry
    Publisher StatementSzekely_SJBS_2012.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, vol 19, issue 3, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.sjbs.2012.02.001; Szekely_SJBS_2012.docx: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.sjbs.2012.02.001
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code29349

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