Researchers collected 411 turtles from the southern barrier reef, where waters are cooler, as well as from the warmer northern reef to determine how the population was affected by temperature changes. The species is already considered endangered throughout much of the world.
With average global temperature predicted to increase 4.7 Fahrenheit (2.6 Celsius) by 2100, "many sea turtle populations are in danger of high egg mortality and female-only offspring production", said the report.
Some sea turtle populations have been so skewed by global warming that the young reptiles are nearly entirely female, according to a report in the journal Current Biology.
"This research is so important because it provides a new understanding of what these populations are dealing with", the paper's lead author and NOAA marine biologist, Michael Jensen, said in a statement.
One such method, according to a report in Phys.org, could be setting up tents over the turtle nests, which are in sand, to keep them from getting warmer.