Climate change and the future of Australian riverine vegetation

James, Cassandra S., Reid, Michael A., and Capon, Samatha J. (2016) Climate change and the future of Australian riverine vegetation. In: Capon, Samatha J., James, Cassandra S., and Reid, Michael, (eds.) Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes: biology, ecology and management. CSIRO publishing, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 387-407.

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[Extract] Freshwater and riparian ecosystems are likely to be highly vulnerable to the effects of the current phase of rapid, anthropogenic climate change because of their high levels of exposure and sensitivity to changes in climatic stimuli. Furthermore, the adaptive capacity of these ecosystems has been limited due to human activities (Capon et al. 2013; Capon and Bunn 2015). Riverine vegetation is exposed to all the direct influences of rising CO 2and the climatic changes driven by this described for terrestrial vegetation, including elevated temperatures, altered precipitation and evapotranspiration pat-terns. Additionally, climate change has many indirect effects on riverine vegetation as a result of changes in soil moisture, hydrology and, in coastal situations, sea level rise and storm surges. Arguably, no other vegetation type is subject to the same levels of exposure and yet relatively little is known about how plants in Australian riverine habitats may respond.

Item ID: 54390
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-643-09631-8
Keywords: vegetation, riverine, climate change, Australia
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 05:17
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960807 Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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