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Biodiversity baselines, thresholds and resilience: testing predictions and assumptions using palaeoecological data

Willis, K. J.; Bailey, R. M.; Bhagwat, S. A. and Birks, H. J. B. (2010). Biodiversity baselines, thresholds and resilience: testing predictions and assumptions using palaeoecological data. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25(10) pp. 583–591.

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Abstract

Fossil records are replete with examples of long-term biotic responses to past climate change. One particularly useful set of records are those preserved in lake and marine sediments, recording both climate changes and corresponding biotic responses. Recently there has been increasing focus on the need for conservation of ecological and evolutionary processes in the face of climate change. We review key areas where palaeoecological archives contribute to this conservation goal, namely: (i) determination of rates and nature of biodiversity response to climate change; (ii) climate processes responsible for ecological thresholds; (iii) identification of ecological resilience to climate change; and (iv) management of novel ecosystems. We stress the importance of long-term palaeoecological data in fully understanding contemporary and future biotic responses.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 1872-8383
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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Item ID: 37012
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2020 05:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37012
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