Weather, not climate, defines distributions of vagile bird species.
April E Reside, Jeremy J Vanderwal, Alex S Kutt, Genevieve C Perkins
PLoS One | Published : 2010
BACKGROUND: Accurate predictions of species distributions are essential for climate change impact assessments. However the standard practice of using long-term climate averages to train species distribution models might mute important temporal patterns of species distribution. The benefit of using temporally explicit weather and distribution data has not been assessed. We hypothesized that short-term weather associated with the time a species was recorded should be superior to long-term climate measures for predicting distributions of mobile species. METHODOLOGY: We tested our hypothesis by generating distribution models for 157 bird species found in Australian tropical savannas (ATS) using ..View full abstract