Cross-realm assessment of climate change impacts on species' abundance trends

Bowler, Diana E.; Hof, Christian; Haase, Peter; Kröncke, Ingrid; Schweiger, Oliver; Adrian, Rita; Baert, Léon; Bauer, Hans-Günther; Blick, Theo; Brooker, Rob W.; Dekoninck, Wouter; Domisch, Sami; Eckmann, Reiner; Hendrickx, Frederick; Hickler, Thomas; Klotz, Stefan; Kraberg, Alexandra; Kühn, Ingolf; Matesanz, Silvia; Meschede, Angelika; ... (2017). Cross-realm assessment of climate change impacts on species' abundance trends. Nature ecology & evolution, 1(3), 0067. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41559-016-0067

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Climate change, land-use change, pollution and exploitation are among the main drivers of species’ population trends; however, their relative importance is much debated. We used a unique collection of over 1,000 local population time series in 22 communities across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms within central Europe to compare the impacts of long-term temperature change and other environmental drivers from 1980 onwards. To disentangle different drivers, we related species’ population trends to species- and driver-specific attributes, such as temperature and habitat preference or pollution tolerance. We found a
consistent impact of temperature change on the local abundances of terrestrial species. Populations of warm-dwelling species increased more than those of cold-dwelling species. In contrast, impacts of temperature change on aquatic species’ abundances were variable. Effects of temperature preference were more consistent in terrestrial communities than effects of habitat preference,
suggesting that the impacts of temperature change have become widespread for recent changes in abundance within many terrestrial communities of central Europe.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Conservation Biology

UniBE Contributor:

Van Klink, Roel


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




Nature Publishing Group




Olivier Roth

Date Deposited:

18 Apr 2018 08:22

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05 Dec 2022 15:10

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