The added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity and ecosystems

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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Abstract

Ecosystems around the world are already threatened by land-use and land-cover change, extraction of natural resources, biological disturbances, and pollution. These environmental stressors have been the primary source of ecosystem degradation to date, and climate change is now exacerbating some of their effects. Ecosystems already under stress are likely to have more rapid and acute reactions to climate change; it is therefore useful to understand how multiple stresses will interact, especially as the magnitude of climate change increases. Understanding these interactions could be critically important in the design of climate adaptation strategies, especially because actions taken by other sectors (eg energy, agriculture, transportation) to address climate change may create new ecosystem stresses.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity and ecosystems
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1890/120275
Volume 11
Issue 9
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 494
Last page 501
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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