Uniting marine and terrestrial modelling of biodiversity under climate change

Mokany, Karel, Richardson, Anthony J., Poloczanska, Elvira S., Ferrier, Simon, Elith, Jane, Robinson, Lucy M., Reside, April, Harwood, Tom D., Dunstan, Piers K., Williams, Kristen J., Hilbert, David W., Austin, Mike P., Smith, Franz, Booth, Trevor H., Ellis, Nick, and Barry, Simon (2010) Uniting marine and terrestrial modelling of biodiversity under climate change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25 (10). pp. 550-551.

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[Extract] Well-documented differences between marine and terrestrial environments [1] have resulted in limited interaction between ecologists working in each of these realms [2], which has reduced our capacity to address shared research priorities such as predicting effects of climate change on biodiversity. Efforts to model impacts of climate change on compositional biodiversity are important for planning ameliorative conservation and management actions [3], yet have occurred largely independently in marine and terrestrial environments [4]. Through a workshop aimed at identifying the main differences between marine and terrestrial biodiversity modelling, we found a surprising number of commonalities, with many key challenges and their solutions being shared between realms. Acknowledging these commonalities and developing a more collaborative approach will improve predictions of climate change impacts on biodiversity, by ensuring application of the most appropriate modelling approaches and use of 'best-practice' methods, regardless of the environment being modelled. Here, we build on broader calls for greater marine–terrestrial interaction [2] by describing specific benefits and mechanisms for achieving them.

Item ID: 18845
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 04:47
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 100%
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