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    Author(s): Toni Lyn Morelli; Cameron Barrows; Aaron Ramirez; Jennifer Cartwright; David Ackerly; Tatiana Eaves; Joseph Ebersole; Meg Krawchuk; Benjamin Letcher; Mary Mahalovich; Garrett Meigs; Julia Michalak; Constance Millar; Rebecca Quiñones; Diana Stralberg; James H. Thorne
    Date: 2020
    Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Climate‐change adaptation focuses on conducting and translating research to minimize the dire impacts of anthropogenic climate change, including threats to biodiversity and human welfare. One adaptation strategy is to focus conservation on climate‐change refugia (that is, areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and sociocultural resources). In this Special Issue, recent methodological and conceptual advances in refugia science will be highlighted. Advances in this emerging subdiscipline are improving scientific understanding and conservation in the face of climate change by considering scale and ecosystem dynamics, and looking beyond climate exposure to sensitivity and adaptive capacity. We propose considering refugia in the context of a multifaceted, long‐term, network‐based approach, as temporal and spatial gradients of ecological persistence that can act as “slow lanes” rather than areas of stasis. After years of discussion confined primarily to the scientific literature, researchers and resource managers are now working together to put refugia conservation into practice.

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    Morelli, Toni Lyn; Barrows, Cameron W; Ramirez, Aaron R; Cartwright, Jennifer M; Ackerly, David D; Eaves, Tatiana D; Ebersole, Joseph L; Krawchuk, Meg A; Letcher, Benjamin H; Mahalovich, Mary F; Meigs, Garrett W; Michalak, Julia L; Millar, Constance I; Quiñones, Rebecca M; Stralberg, Diana; Thorne, James H. 2020. Climate‐change refugia: biodiversity in the slow lane. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 18(5): 228-234.


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    climate change, climate refugia, resilience, resistance

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