The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people

Scheffers, Brett R., De Meester, Luc, Bridge, Tom C.L., Hoffmann, Ary A., Pandolfi, John M., Corlett, Richard T., Butchart, Stuart H.M., Pearce-Kelly, Paul, Kovacs, Kit M., Dudgeon, David, Pacifici, Michela, Rondinini, Carlo, Foden, Wendy B., Martin, Tara G., Mora, Camilo, Bickford, David, and Watson, James E.M. (2016) The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people. Science, 354 (6313). aaf7671-2. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Most ecological processes now show responses to anthropogenic climate change. In terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, species are changing genetically, physiologically, morphologically, and phenologically and are shifting their distributions, which affects food webs and results in new interactions. Disruptions scale from the gene to the ecosystem and have documented consequences for people, including unpredictable fisheries and crop yields, loss of genetic diversity in wild crop varieties, and increasing impacts of pests and diseases. In addition to the more easily observed changes, such as shifts in flowering phenology, we argue that many hidden dynamics, such as genetic changes, are also taking place. Understanding shifts in ecological processes can guide human adaptation strategies. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, climate action and policy must therefore focus equally on strategies that safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems.

Item ID: 46338
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Funders: KU Leuven, Future Earth
Projects and Grants: PF/2010/07, BioGENESIS
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 04:44
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 80%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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