Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 03:30 authored by Gretta PeclGretta Pecl, Araujo, MB, Bell, JD, Julia BlanchardJulia Blanchard, Bonebreak, TC, Chen, I-C, Clark, TD, Colwell, RK, Danielsen, F, Evengard, B, Falconi, L, Ferrier, S, Stewart FrusherStewart Frusher, Garcia, RA, Griffis, RB, Hobday, AJ, Janion-Scheepers, C, Jarzyna, MA, Sarah JenningsSarah Jennings, Lenoir, J, Linnetved, HI, Martin, VY, Phillipa McCormackPhillipa McCormack, Janet McDonaldJanet McDonald, Mitchell, NJ, Mustonen, T, Pandolfi, JM, Pettorelli, N, Popova, E, Robinson, SA, Scheffers, BR, Shaw, JD, Sorte, CJB, Strugnell, JM, Sunday, JM, Tuanmu, M-N, Verges, A, Cecilia VillanuevaCecilia Villanueva, Wernberg, T, Erik WapstraErik Wapstra, Williams, SE
Distributions of Earth’s species are changing at accelerating rates, increasingly driven by human-mediated climate change. Such changes are already altering the composition of ecological communities, but beyond conservation of natural systems, how and why does this matter? We review evidence that climate-driven species redistribution at regional to global scales affects ecosystem functioning, human well-being, and the dynamics of climate change itself. Production of natural resources required for food security, patterns of disease transmission, and processes of carbon sequestration are all altered by changes in species distribution. Consideration of these effects of biodiversity redistribution is critical yet lacking in most mitigation and adaptation strategies, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Department/SchoolInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
PublisherAmer Assoc Advancement Science
Place of publication1200 New York Ave, Nw, Washington, USA, Dc, 20005
Rights statementCopyright 2017 The Authors. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science on [Volume 355 No. 6332 31 March 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9214