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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The altitude-for-latitude disparity in the range retractions of woody species
Author(s): Jump, Alistair
Matyas, Csaba
Penuelas, Josep
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Keywords: climate change
range edge
range shift
Plant populations
Global environmental change
Plant diversity
Environmental change
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Date Deposited: 20-Nov-2009
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.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.06.007
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