Climate change refugia for the flora and fauna of England

Suggitt, A.J.; Wilson, R.J.; August, T.A.; Beale, C.M.; Bennie, J.J.; Dordolo, A.; Fox, R.; Hopkins, J.J.; Isaac, N.J.B.; Jorieux, P.; Macgregor, N.A.; Marcetteau, J.; Massimino, D.; Morecroft, M.D.; Pearce-Higgins, J.W.; Walker, K.; Maclean, I.M.D.. 2014 Climate change refugia for the flora and fauna of England. Sheffield, Natural England, 210pp. (Natural England Commissioned Report NECR162, CEH Project no. C04779)

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A variety of evidence suggests that species have, in the past, been able to withstand the effects of climatic change in localised environments known as refugia, where specific environmental conditions acted as a buffer against broader-scale climatic changes. Therefore, an important question for conservation is whether refugia might exist under current and future anthropogenic climate change. If there are areas that are likely to remain relatively climatically stable and so enable species to persist despite climate change making surrounding areas unsuitable, identifying and protecting these places will be an important part of future conservation strategies. This report is part of a project that is investigating this question. The report was commissioned to identify the characteristics of potential refugia, to investigate evidence for the existence of contemporary refugia by analysing patterns of local persistence and disappearance of over 1000 species across a range of taxa, and to identify sites in England with the potential to function as refugia for different taxonomic groups at a range of spatial scales.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISBN: 9781783541461
Funders/Sponsors: Natural England
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available online via Official URL link
Additional Keywords: climate change, refugia, resilience, adaptation, biodiversity, ecological networks, conservation planning
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 21 Jan 2015 11:19 +0 (UTC)

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