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The Added Complications of Climate Change: Understanding and Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Amanda Staudt, Lara Hansen, Allison K Leidner, Jennifer Howard, Kate A Brauman, Jeffrey S Dukes, Craig Paukert, John Sabo, and Luis A Solórzano
Created: 11/06/2013 - Updated: 8/14/2019

Abstract

Ecosystems around the world are already threatened by land-use and land-cover change, extraction of natural resources, biological disturbances, and pollution. These environmental stressors have been the primary source of ecosystem degradation to date, and climate change is now exacerbating some of their effects. Ecosystems already under stress are likely to have more rapid and acute reactions to climate change; it is therefore useful to understand how multiple stresses will interact, especially as the magnitude of climate change increases. Understanding these interactions could be critically important in the design of climate adaptation strategies, especially because actions taken by other sectors (eg energy, agriculture, transportation) to address climate change may create new ecosystem stresses.

 

Published On

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Biodiversity
Species of concern
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products

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Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Research
Water Resources
Wildlife

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