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Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being


Pecl, GT and Araujo, MB and Bell, JD and Blanchard, J and Bonebreak, TC and Chen, I-C and Clark, TD and Colwell, RK and Danielsen, F and Evengard, B and Falconi, L and Ferrier, S and Frusher, S and Garcia, RA and Griffis, RB and Hobday, AJ and Janion-Scheepers, C and Jarzyna, MA and Jennings, S and Lenoir, J and Linnetved, HI and Martin, VY and McCormack, PC and McDonald, J and Mitchell, NJ and Mustonen, T and Pandolfi, JM and Pettorelli, N and Popova, E and Robinson, SA and Scheffers, BR and Shaw, JD and Sorte, CJB and Strugnell, JM and Sunday, JM and Tuanmu, M-N and Verges, A and Villanueva, C and Wernberg, T and Wapstra, E and Williams, SE, Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being, Science, 355, (6332) Article eaai9214. ISSN 0036-8075 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 The Authors. This is the authorís version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science on [Volume 355 No. 6332 31 March 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9214

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Distributions of Earthís species are changing at accelerating rates, increasingly driven by human-mediated climate change. Such changes are already altering the composition of ecological communities, but beyond conservation of natural systems, how and why does this matter? We review evidence that climate-driven species redistribution at regional to global scales affects ecosystem functioning, human well-being, and the dynamics of climate change itself. Production of natural resources required for food security, patterns of disease transmission, and processes of carbon sequestration are all altered by changes in species distribution. Consideration of these effects of biodiversity redistribution is critical yet lacking in most mitigation and adaptation strategies, including the United Nationís Sustainable Development Goals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:species range-shifts, climate change, human health, governance, climate feed-backs
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Global change biology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:Blanchard, J (Professor Julia Blanchard)
UTAS Author:Clark, TD (Dr Timothy Clark)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:McCormack, PC (Ms Phillipa McCormack)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
UTAS Author:Villanueva, C (Dr Cecilia Villanueva)
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Professor Erik Wapstra)
ID Code:115569
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1385
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-03-31
Last Modified:2022-08-19
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