Characteristics of climate change refugia for Australian biodiversity

Reside, April E., Welbergen, Justin A., Phillips, Ben L., Wardell-Johnson, Grant W., Keppel, Gunnar, Ferrier, Simon, Williams, Stephen E. and Vanderwal, Jeremy (2014) Characteristics of climate change refugia for Australian biodiversity. Austral Ecology, 39 8: 887-897. doi:10.1111/aec.12146


Author Reside, April E.
Welbergen, Justin A.
Phillips, Ben L.
Wardell-Johnson, Grant W.
Keppel, Gunnar
Ferrier, Simon
Williams, Stephen E.
Vanderwal, Jeremy
Title Characteristics of climate change refugia for Australian biodiversity
Journal name Austral Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-9993
1442-9985
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/aec.12146
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Issue 8
Start page 887
End page 897
Total pages 11
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Identifying refugia is a critical component of effective conservation of biodiversity under anthropogenic climate change. However, despite a surge in conceptual and practical interest, identifying refugia remains a significant challenge across diverse continental landscapes. We provide an overview of the key properties of refugia that promote species' persistence under climate change, including their capacity to (i) buffer species from climate change; (ii) sustain long-term population viability and evolutionary processes; (iii) minimize the potential for deleterious species interactions, provided that the refugia are (iv) available and accessible to species under threat. Further, we classify refugia in terms of the environmental and biotic stressors that they provide protection from (i.e. thermal, hydric, cyclonic, pyric and biotic refugia), but ideally refugia should provide protection from a multitude of stressors. Our systematic characterization of refugia facilitates the identification of refugia in the Australian landscape. Challenges remain, however, specifically with respect to how to assess the quality of refugia at the level of individual species and whole species assemblages. It is essential that these challenges are overcome before refugia can live up to their acclaim as useful targets for conservation and management in the context of climate change.
Keyword Climate change
Conservation
Refugia
Synergies
Terrestrial biodiversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP110104186
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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