Targeted protection and restoration to conserve tropical biodiversity in a warming world

Shoo, Luke P., Storlie, Collin, Vanderwal, Jeremy, Little, Jeremy and Williams, Stephen E. (2011) Targeted protection and restoration to conserve tropical biodiversity in a warming world. Global Change Biology, 17 1: 186-193. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02218.x

Author Shoo, Luke P.
Storlie, Collin
Vanderwal, Jeremy
Little, Jeremy
Williams, Stephen E.
Title Targeted protection and restoration to conserve tropical biodiversity in a warming world
Journal name Global Change Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-1013
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02218.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 186
End page 193
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Complex landscapes interact with meteorological processes to generate climatically suitable habitat (refuges) in otherwise hostile environments. Locating these refuges has practical importance in tropical montane regions where a high diversity of climatically specialized species is threatened by climate change. Here, we use a combination of weather data and spatial modeling to quantify thermally buffered environments in a regional tropical rainforest. We do this by constructing a spatial surface of maximum air temperature that takes into account important climate mediating processes. We find a strong attenuating effect of elevation, distance from coast and foliage cover on maximum temperature. The core habitat of a disproportionately high number of endemic species (45%) is encompassed within just 25% of the coolest identified rainforest. We demonstrate how this data can be used to (i) identify important areas of cool habitat for protection and (ii) efficiently guide restoration in degraded landscapes to expand extant networks of critical cool habitat.
Keyword Adaptation management
Climate change
Heat stress
Montane biodiversity
Temperature buffering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010

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