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Biodiversity and climate change

Willis, Kathy J. and Bhagwat, Shonil A. (2009). Biodiversity and climate change. Science, 326(5954) pp. 806–807.

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Over the past decade, several models have been developed to predict the impact of climate change on biodiversity. Results from these models have suggested some alarming consequences of climate change for biodiversity, predicting, for example, that in the next century many plants and animals will go extinct and there could be a large-scale dieback of tropical rainforests. However, caution may be required in interpreting results from these models, not least because their coarse spatial scales fail to capture topography or “microclimatic buffering” and they often do not consider the full acclimation capacity of plants and animals. Several recent studies indicate that taking these factors into consideration can seriously alter the model predictions

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISSN: 1095-9203
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: 37015
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2020 05:46
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