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Title: The altitude-for-latitude disparity in the range retractions of woody species
Authors: Jump, Alistair
Matyas, Csaba
Penuelas, Josep
Contact Email: a.s.jump@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: climate change
range edge
drought
range shift
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Elsevier (Cell Press)
Citation: Jump A, Matyas C & Penuelas J (2009) The altitude-for-latitude disparity in the range retractions of woody species, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24 (12), pp. 694-701.
Abstract: Increasing temperatures are driving rapid upward range shifts of species in mountains. An altitudinal range retreat of 10 m is predicted to translate into a ~10 km latitudinal retreat, based on the rate at which temperatures decline with increasing altitude and latitude, yet reports of latitudinal range retractions are sparse. Here we examine potential climatic, biological, anthropogenic and methodological explanations for this disparity. We argue that the lack of reported latitudinal range retractions stems more from a lack of research effort, compounded by methodological difficulties, rather than from their absence. Given the predicted negative impacts of increasing temperatures on wide areas of the latitudinal distributions of species, the investigation of range retractions should become a priority in biogeographical research.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1814
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2009.06.007
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Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of West Hungary
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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