Quantifying the climatic sensitivity of individuals, populations, and species

van de Pol, Martijn, and Bailey, Liam D. (2019) Quantifying the climatic sensitivity of individuals, populations, and species. In: Dunn, P.O., and Møller, A.P., (eds.) Effects of Climate Change on Birds. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 44-59.

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To understand the effects of climate change and predict its future impacts, biologists relate variation in biological variables to spatial or temporal variation in weather variables. It is often unclear a priori which weather variables are important, over which period they act, and in what way they affect biological responses. Recently, multiple methods have been proposed to determine climatic sensitivity. Yet there has been little critical comparison of these different methods, making it difficult to determine the most appropriate method for different situations. Furthermore, evolutionary and behavioural biologists investigate individual variation in phenotypically plastic responses to weather, while ecologists and conservation biologists investigate variation among populations or species in climatic sensitivity. How do we quantify climatic sensitivities in such a way that they can be used effectively for such comparative studies? We provide an overview of systematic approaches, the pros and cons of different methods available, and outstanding challenges.

Item ID: 69659
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-882426-8
Copyright Information: © Oxford University Press 2019
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 02:34
FoR Codes: 49 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 4905 Statistics > 490502 Biostatistics @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1905 Understanding climate change > 190501 Climate change models @ 100%
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