Land-use and climate change within assessments of biodiversity change: a review

Jacqui de Chazal, Mark D.A. Rounsevell

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    Abstract

    Projected changes in biodiversity are likely inadequately estimated when climate and land-use change effects are examined in isolation. A review of studies of the effects of these drivers singly and in combination highlights little discussed complexities in revising these estimates. In addition to considering interactions, different characterisations of climate change, land-use change and biodiversity greatly influence estimates. Habitat loss leading to decreased species richness is the most common land-use change and biodiversity relationship considered with less attention being given to other land-use changes (e.g. other conversions, fragmentation, different management intensities) and biodiversity characterisations and responses (e.g. selected groups of species, increased species richness). Characterisations of more complex relationships between climate change, land-use change and biodiversity however are currently limited by a lack of process understanding, data availability and inherent scenarios uncertainties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)306-315
    JournalGlobal Environmental Change: Part B - Environmental Hazards
    Volume19
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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