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A new framework to assess relative ecosystem vulnerability to climate change

Lee, Calvin Ka Fai, Duncan, Clare, Foord Owen, Harry John and Pettorelli, Nathalie 2018, A new framework to assess relative ecosystem vulnerability to climate change, Conservation letters, vol. 11, no. 2, March/April, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1111/conl.12372.

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Title A new framework to assess relative ecosystem vulnerability to climate change
Author(s) Lee, Calvin Ka Fai
Duncan, ClareORCID iD for Duncan, Clare orcid.org/0000-0001-5315-2997
Foord Owen, Harry John
Pettorelli, Nathalie
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Season March/April
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-03
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) biodiversity
climate change
conservation
ecosystem
mangrove
remote sensing
vulnerability
Summary Climate change poses a growing risk to global biodiversity. To prioritize conservation efforts, identification of the species and ecosystems most at risk from further changes in climatic conditions is critically needed. Although frameworks are available to assess species vulnerability to climate change, we still lack an easily implementable, ecosystem‐level perspective to inform landscape management. Here, we introduce a novel, spatially explicit vulnerability framework able to generate assessments at the ecosystem scale and apply it to Mozambican forest mangroves, which are under growing pressures from climate change. Results show that most of these ecosystems are currently highly vulnerable to sea level rise, while mangroves in the Zambezia and Nampula districts are highly vulnerable to both sea level rise and tropical storms. Altogether, we believe the introduced assessment framework has clear potential to inform conservation planning and management at various spatial scales, and help achieve adaptive management in the face of climatic uncertainties.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/conl.12372
Field of Research 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
050205 Environmental Management
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30104292

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