Comment on "Changes in climatic water balance drive downhill shifts in plant species' optimum elevations"

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Crimmins et al. (Reports, 21 January 2011, p. 324) attributed an apparent downward elevational shift of California plant species to a precipitation-induced decline in climatic water deficit. We show that the authors miscalculated deficit, that the apparent decline in species' elevations is likely a consequence of geographic biases, and that unlike temperature changes, precipitation changes should not be expected to cause coordinated directional shifts in species' elevations.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Comment on "Changes in climatic water balance drive downhill shifts in plant species' optimum elevations"
Series title Science
Volume 334
Issue 6053
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 1 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Science
First page 177
Last page 177
Country United States
State California
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