An Integrated Assessment Of The Impacts Of Climate Change On Victorian Alpine Ecosystems: Detecting And Managing Ecological Change

Grant number: LP0883287 | Funding period: 2008 - 2013

Completed

Abstract

Climate change threatens biodiversity in alpine areas of Australia. This project seeks to predict how plants, soils and small animals will respond to warming and the associated increased risk of bushfire. Our project uses chambers placed out in the field to simulate warming conditions, and measures plant growth and development, and small animal community structure within the chambers. We also assess the effects of climate change on soil processes. The information is used to evaluate the ability of alpine plants and animals to deal with climate change and to identify ways managers can help maintain biodiversity in this fragile ecosystem.

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