The added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity and ecosystems

TitleThe added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity and ecosystems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStaudt A, Leidner AK, Howard J, Brauman KA, Dukes JS, Hansen LJ, Paukert C, Sabo J, Solórzano LA
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume11
Issue9
Pagination494 - 501
Date Published11/2013
ISSN1540-9295
Abstract

Ecosystems around the world are already threatened by land-use and land-cover change, extraction of natural resources, biological disturbances, and pollution. These environmental stressors have been the primary source of ecosystem degradation to date, and climate change is now exacerbating some of their effects. Ecosystems already under stress are likely to have more rapid and acute reactions to climate change; it is therefore useful to understand how multiple stresses will interact, especially as the magnitude of climate change increases. Understanding these interactions could be critically important in the design of climate adaptation strategies, especially because actions taken by other sectors (eg energy, agriculture, transportation) to address climate change may create new ecosystem stresses.

DOI10.1890/120275
Short TitleFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment

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