Community-Level Effects of Climate Change on Ontarios Terrestrial Biodiversity - CCRR-36

Summary

Rapid, anthropogenic climate change has the potential to be a major threat to the biodiversity of terrestrial communities, and is one of the main factors affecting species interactions and ecosystem functioning. Previous reports have described three general mechanisms that can affect species as a result of climate change: demographic, phenological, and genetic, all of which can result in either population expansions or contractions, depending on species-specific responses. In this report, we describe mechanisms that are expected to affect ecological communities, rather than individual species, as a result of climate change.

Published Date: May 2014
Publisher: Science and Research Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Author: Larissa A. Nituch and Jeff Bowman

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Community-Level Effects of Climate Change on Ontarios Terrestrial Biodiversity - CCRR-36
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