nerc.ac.uk

Vascular plants as bioindicators of regional warming in Antarctica

Smith, R.I.L.. 1994 Vascular plants as bioindicators of regional warming in Antarctica. Oecologia, 99 (3-4). 322-328. 10.1007/BF00627745

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract/Summary

Monitoring selected populations of the only two native Antarctic vascular plant species (Colobanthus quitensis andDeschampsia antarctica) over a 27-year period has revealed a significant and relatively rapid increase in numbers of individuals and populations at two widely separated localities in the maritime Antarctic. There is strong evidence that this increase is a response to a warming trend in summer air temperatures, which has been evident throughout the region since the late 1940s, enhancing seed maturation, germination and seedling survival. This study provides the only known long-term monitoring data for any terrestrial organisms in Antarc-tica. Because their response to ameliorating conditions is more rapid than that of the dominant cryptogamic groups, Antarctic phanerogams may be useful bioindicators of climate change in West Antarctica.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/BF00627745
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0029-8549
Additional Keywords: Colobanthus quitensis, Deschampsia Antarctica, population increase, Antarctic climate warming
Date made live: 26 Jul 2017 10:49 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/517388

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...