Consistent response of bird populations to climate change on two continents

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Global climate change is a major threat to biodiversity. Large-scale analyses have generally focused on the impacts of climate change on the geographic ranges of species and on phenology, the timing of ecological phenomena. We used long-term monitoring of the abundance of breeding birds across Europe and the United States to produce, for both regions, composite population indices for two groups of species: those for which climate suitability has been either improving or declining since 1980. The ratio of these composite indices, the climate impact indicator (CII), reflects the divergent fates of species favored or disadvantaged by climate change. The trend in CII is positive and similar in the two regions. On both continents, interspecific and spatial variation in population abundance trends are well predicted by climate suitability trends.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Consistent response of bird populations to climate change on two continents
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.aac4858
Volume 352
Issue 6281
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher AAAS
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 84
Last page 87
Other Geospatial Europe, United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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