Ecological response to global climatic change

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Edited by: Donald G. JanelleBarney Warf, and Kathy Hansen

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Abstract

Climate change and ecological change go hand in hand. Because we value our ecological environment, any change has the potential to be a problem. Geographers have been drawn to this challenge, and have been successful in addressing it, because the primary ecological response to climate changes in the past — the waxing and waning of the great ice sheets over the past 2 million years – was the changing geographic range of the biota. Plants and animals changed their location. Geographers have been deeply involved in documenting the changing biota of the past, and today we are called upon to help assess the possible responses to ongoing and future climatic change and, thus, their impacts. Assessing the potential responses is important for policy makers to judge the outcomes of action or inaction and also sets the stage for preparation for and mitigation of change.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Ecological response to global climatic change
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems, Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Association of American Geographers 1904 - 2004
First page 469
Last page 473
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