Journal article

Microclimate modelling of beach sand temperatures reveals high spatial and temporal variation at sea turtle rookeries

Blair P Bentley, Michael R Kearney, Scott D Whiting, Nicola J Mitchell

Journal of Thermal Biology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

The continual development of ecological models and availability of high-resolution gridded climate surfaces have stimulated studies that link climate variables to functional traits of organisms. A primary constraint of these studies is the ability to reliably predict the microclimate that an organism experiences using macroscale climate inputs. This is particularly important in regions where access to empirical information is limited. Here, we contrast correlative models based on both ambient and sea surface temperatures to mechanistic modelling approaches to predict beach sand temperatures at depths relevant to sea turtle nesting. We show that mechanistic models are congruent with correlati..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) Kimberley Node Marine Turtle Project


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded through the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) Kimberley Node Marine Turtle Project (1.2.2). Additional funding was provided through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and The University of Western Australia.