Vulnerability of Australian tropical savanna birds to climate change
April E Reside, Jeremy Vanderwal, Stephen T Garnett, Alex S Kutt
AUSTRAL ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2016
Assessments of species vulnerability to climate change should increase the effectiveness of interventions in the current decline in biodiversity. Species vulnerability to climate change is a consequence of their sensitivity and adaptive capacity, in combination with their exposure to climate change. We apply a vulnerability assessment framework to 243 bird species inhabiting the tropical savannas of northern Australia. We build on previous vulnerability studies by including detailed data for variables relating to species sensitivity to change (relative abundance, clutch size, sensitivity to fire and distribution area), species adaptive capacity (movement behaviour and dietary breadth) and pr..View full abstract
This study was funded by the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship. Justin Perry, Ian Watson and Karel Mokany all provided helpful feedback on an earlier draft of the manuscript. The analysis was checked by James Cook University's statistician, Rhondda Jones.