Henry Häkkinen; Silviu Petrovan; Nigel G. Taylor; William J. Sutherland; Nathalie Pettorelli

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pp. 180–197


  • English

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18 pages

8. Terns (Laridae)

With key information linked to thematic maps, this section evaluates the climate change vulnerability of five terns (Laridae) species – Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Sandwich Tern, and Caspian Tern – in the North-East Atlantic. The assessments for every species cover three categories each: the exposure, or the magnitude in percentage and the characteristics of climate change; the sensitivity, or how much and by which climatic events the species are affected, depending on their biological features; the adaptive capacity, or the potential of species to respond to climate change.
Assessments of local conservation actions that can be implemented to reduce climate change impacts are listed here in readily consultable tables. This section focuses on the effectiveness of interventions to limit reduced prey availability and the destruction of terns’ nests caused by storms. Criteria of relevance, strength, and transparency measure the effectiveness of the actions.


Silviu O. Petrovan

Senior Researcher in the Department of Zoology at University of Cambridge

Nigel G. Taylor

Research Associate (Conservation Science Group) at University of Cambridge

William J. Sutherland

Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology in the Department of Zoology at University of Cambridge