New research published Wednesday in the journal Nature reaffirms that key regions of the globe that have been a source of major climate worry to researchers — such as the Amazon rainforest and the forests of the global north — are exquisitely sensitive to swings in climate. And it also identifies some new and similarly vulnerable ecosystems that will bear very close watching.
“Understanding how ecosystems are going to respond to climate variability is an important feature that we still don’t have a lot of information on,” said Alistair Seddon, the study’s lead author and a biologist at the University of Bergen in Norway. “And so what our study is doing is providing that perspective at a global scale.” Seddon published the study with researchers from the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the UK.
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- UiB: https://www.uib.no/aktuelt/95899/kartlegger-klodens-klimaf%C3%B8lsomhet also in English http://www.uib.no/en/news/95898/mapping-world-climate-sensitivity
- NRK viten: http://www.nrk.no/viten/har-kartlagt-jordas-klimafolsomhet-1.12806361
- Huston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/about/article/Scientists-just-found-out-where-the-Earth-is-most-6837659.php
- NZ herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/weather/news/article.cfm?c_id=10&objectid=11591591