Species' traits influenced their response to recent climate change

Pacifici, Michela, Visconti, Piero, Butchart, Stuart H. M., Watson, James E. M., Cassola, Francesca M. and Rondinini, Carlo (2017) Species' traits influenced their response to recent climate change. Nature Climate Change, 7 3: 205-209. doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE3223


Author Pacifici, Michela
Visconti, Piero
Butchart, Stuart H. M.
Watson, James E. M.
Cassola, Francesca M.
Rondinini, Carlo
Title Species' traits influenced their response to recent climate change
Journal name Nature Climate Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-678X
1758-6798
Publication date 2017-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/NCLIMATE3223
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 205
End page 209
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Although it is widely accepted that future climatic change—if unabated—is likely to have major impacts on biodiversity1, 2, few studies have attempted to quantify the number of species whose populations have already been impacted by climate change3, 4. Using a systematic review of published literature, we identified mammals and birds for which there is evidence that they have already been impacted by climate change. We modelled the relationships between observed responses and intrinsic (for example, body mass) and spatial traits (for example, temperature seasonality within the geographic range). Using this model, we estimated that 47% of terrestrial non-volant threatened mammals (out of 873 species) and 23.4% of threatened birds (out of 1,272 species) may have already been negatively impacted by climate change in at least part of their distribution. Our results suggest that populations of large numbers of threatened species are likely to be already affected by climate change, and that conservation managers, planners and policy makers must take this into account in efforts to safeguard the future of biodiversity.
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Institutional Status UQ

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