2013, English, Archived website
Increasing the resilience of the Australian alpine flora to climate change and associated threats : a plant functional traits approach / Catherine Pickering, Susanna Venn.
Pickering, Catherine Marina, 1964-, (author.)
"The snow covered mountains of the Australian Alps are internationally important due to their conservation values and ecosystem services, with economic returns estimated at $5 billion per year. The region is an important biodiversity ark conserving over 400 species of plants, over 25 of which occur nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, the flora and fauna are threatened by climate change with this alpine region amongst the most vulnerable ecosystems in Australia ... This research used functional trait analysis to assess how best to increase the resilience of the Australian alpine flora to climate change and associated threats. Data on the composition of the vegetation was used to demonstrate how plants respond to changes in climate and disturbance, and functional trait data was used to understand why changes occurred. This report summaries these results, with greater detail about the methods and results for individual studies provided in a series of papers produced based on this work, some of which are already published ... The results of the composition and functional trait analyses highlight that climate change, including through the effects of more frequent fire, threatens rare and specialised plant communities such as short alpine herbfield and windswept feldmark. Also, tall alpine herbfield is relatively resilient to threats such as fire and hare grazing, but not to grazing by hard hooved animals such as cattle. Finally, where conditions are warmer, herbs and graminoids are being replaced by more competitive shrubs."--Page 2.
Title from title screen (viewed on 5 September, 2014)
"Final Report"--Cover page.
This work was carried out with financial support from the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
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