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Winter Habitats of Puffins and Fulmars to Be Studied

A group of scientists, including Icelandic scientists, are trying to raise funds for a project aimed at placing miniature GPS monitors on puffins and fulmars to study where these Icelandic migratory seabirds spend their winters.

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Puffins. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

It is clear that there have been significant changes in the North Atlantic in recent years and that they have impacted the livelihood of Icelandic seabird stocks—there has been relentless warming of the ocean’s surface since 1996, Morgunbladid reports.

It is uncertain whether global warming comes on top of this development, said biologist Erpur Snaer Hansen. If so, it could create an unprecedented situation in human history in northern regions, he stated.

Icecaps in the northern regions have melted more rapidly than predicted. The melt water has so far been bound to circulating currents north of Iceland but if it were to extend to the south of the country it might impact the Gulf Stream which contributes to a mild climate in Iceland.

Click here to read more about these concerns and here to read more about the condition of seabirds.

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