Impacts of global climate change on the rainforest vertebrates of the Australian Wet Tropics
Williams, Stephen (2003) Impacts of global climate change on the rainforest vertebrates of the Australian Wet Tropics. Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Australia. Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Australia : outcomes of a workshop sponsored by the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee , 1-2 October 2002, Canberra, ACT, Australia , pp. 50-52.
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Climate change is a particularly significant threat to the long-term preservation of the biota in the tropical rainforests of Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Wet Tropics is dominated by mountain ranges with altitudes varying sharply between sea level and over 1600 m. Environmental gradients associated with a complex topography dominate the biogeography of the region (Nix and Switzer 1991, Williams et al. 1996). The gradient in altitude is the most significant environmental gradient determining species composition and general patterns of biodiversity (Williams et al. 1996, Williams and Pearson 1997). Most rainforest is above 300 m and almost all of the regionally endemic species are cool-adapted upland species (Nix and Switzer 1991, Williams et al. 1996).
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)|
|Keywords:||climate change; rainforest; vertebrates; Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; WTWHA|
|FoR Codes:||06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||13 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||17 Jul 2013 12:33|
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