Global Warming Effects on Adelie Penguins Lizzy Plotkin Thomas Daigneau Amanda McCracken Presentation Outline “Based on various scientific evidence, we anticipate that on the Antarctic Peninsula, rapid climate change is leading to population decline of the Adelie Penguins.”
Two Adelie penguins
A Group of Adelie Penguins
Antarctic Peninsula Map
Adelie Penguin colonies in Antarctica
Global warming trends from 1860 to 2001
Antarctic glacier calving
Adelie Population as a Result of Sea Ice Extent and Air Temperature
Adelie Population and Sea Ice Extent (1978-2005)
A diagram of the bottom up food chain consisting of ice algae, krill and the Adelie Penguins.
So what’s the problem?
STELLA model showing the effects of melting ice on the populations of the Ice Algae, Krill, and Adelie penguin species.
A diagram comparing the populations of the Ice Algae, Krill and Adelie penguins with the temperature change in Antarctica.
Adelie penguin population with the temperature change in the Antarctic peninsula.
Loss of nesting sites
Sun’s ray on dry ice vs. wet ice
Further break down of the food chain
Species adaptation to new niches
Less diverse speciationFuture Predictions
Larsen B ice shelf, 5th March 2002 (16 days later)
Larsen B ice shelf, 17th Feb 2002
You’ll make the penguins much happier!