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Temperature-driven biodiversity change: disentangling space and time

Temperature-driven biodiversity change: disentangling space and time
Temperature-driven biodiversity change: disentangling space and time
Temperature regimes have multiple spatial and temporal dimensions that have different impacts on biodiversity. Signatures of warming across these dimensions may contribute uniquely to the large-scale species redistributions and abundance changes that underpin community dynamics. A comprehensive review of the literature reveals that 86% of studies were focused on community responses to temperature aggregated over spatial or temporal dimensions (e.g., mean, median, or extremes). Therefore, the effects of temperature variation in space and time on biodiversity remain generally unquantified. In the present article, we argue that this focus on aggregated temperature measures may limit advancing our understanding of how communities are being altered by climate change. In light of this, we map the cause-and-effect pathways between the different dimensions of temperature change and communities in space and time. A broadened focus, shifted toward a multidimensional perspective of temperature, will allow better interpretation and prediction of biodiversity change and more robust management and conservation strategies.
climate change, climate velocity, community dynamics, species redistribution, range shifts, biodiversity , biodiversity change
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Waldock, Conor
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Dornelas, Maria
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Bates, Amanda E.
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Waldock, Conor
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Dornelas, Maria
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Bates, Amanda E.
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Waldock, Conor, Dornelas, Maria and Bates, Amanda E. (2018) Temperature-driven biodiversity change: disentangling space and time. BioScience. (doi:10.1093/biosci/biy096).

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Temperature regimes have multiple spatial and temporal dimensions that have different impacts on biodiversity. Signatures of warming across these dimensions may contribute uniquely to the large-scale species redistributions and abundance changes that underpin community dynamics. A comprehensive review of the literature reveals that 86% of studies were focused on community responses to temperature aggregated over spatial or temporal dimensions (e.g., mean, median, or extremes). Therefore, the effects of temperature variation in space and time on biodiversity remain generally unquantified. In the present article, we argue that this focus on aggregated temperature measures may limit advancing our understanding of how communities are being altered by climate change. In light of this, we map the cause-and-effect pathways between the different dimensions of temperature change and communities in space and time. A broadened focus, shifted toward a multidimensional perspective of temperature, will allow better interpretation and prediction of biodiversity change and more robust management and conservation strategies.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 September 2018
Published date: 19 September 2018
Keywords: climate change, climate velocity, community dynamics, species redistribution, range shifts, biodiversity , biodiversity change

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Local EPrints ID: 423461
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423461
ISSN: 0006-3568
PURE UUID: c6b6f62a-4b62-4f05-ba82-a79f8b8d665e

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2018 16:30
Last modified: 29 Jan 2020 16:57

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