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An icy forecast for ringed seal populations: New mathematical model shows dramatic decreases in ringed seal populations due to projected low snow conditions

An icy forecast for ringed seal populations: New mathematical model shows dramatic decreases in ringed seal populations due to projected low snow conditions

Scientists have already observed and predicted that high ringed seal pup mortality rates are linked to poor environmental conditions like early ice breakup and low snow. Researchers have now gone a step further by coupling these hypotheses with forecasts of future spring snow and ice conditions, developing a mathematical model, and following it to some stark conclusions for populations off the Amundsen Gulf and Prince Albert Sound in Canada.

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