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Vulnerability of island tropical montane cloud forests to climate change, with special reference to East Maui, Hawaii

Climatic Change

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https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005372118420

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Abstract

Island tropical montane cloud forests may be among the most sensitive of the world's ecosystems to global climate change. Measurements in and above a montane cloud forest on East Maui, Hawaii, document steep microclimatic gradients. Relatively small climate-driven shifts in patterns of atmospheric circulation are likely to trigger major local changes in rainfall, cloud cover, and humidity. Increased interannual variability in precipitation and hurricane incidence would provide additional stresses on island biota that are highly vulnerable to disturbance-related invasion of non-native species. Because of the exceptional sensitivity of these microclimates and forests to change, they may provide valuable ‘listening posts’ for detecting the onset of human-induced global climate change.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Vulnerability of island tropical montane cloud forests to climate change, with special reference to East Maui, Hawaii
Series title:
Climatic Change
DOI:
10.1023/A:1005372118420
Volume:
39
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publisher location:
Dordrecht
Contributing office(s):
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description:
15 p.
First page:
503
Last page:
517
Country:
United States
State:
Hawai'i
County:
Maui