Journal article

Relating the climate envelopes of urban tree species to their drought and thermal tolerance

Paul A Hanley, Stefan K Arndt, Stephen J Livesley, Christopher Szota

The Science of The Total Environment | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021


Analysing the climate envelope of plant species has been suggested as a tool to predict the vulnerability of tree species in future urban climates. However, there is little evidence that the climate envelope of a plant species directly relates to the drought and thermal tolerance of that species, at least not at the resolution required to identify or rank species vulnerability. Here, we attempted to predict drought and thermal tolerance of commonly used urban tree species using climate variables derived exclusively from open-source global occurrence data. We quantified three drought and thermal tolerance traits for 43 urban tree species in a common garden experiment: stomatal sensitivity to ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge Dave Kendal for sharing his code and ideas, for useful discussions and support for the project. We thank Carola Pritzkow for assistance in the laboratory and Sascha Andrusiak and Nick Osbourne for their valuable advice and help in the nursery. We also thank Jamie Pearson who designed and built the data capture system for the scales. PH was supported by the Madeleine SelwynSmith Memorial Fund. We gratefully acknowledge the people who maintain and contribute to critical resources such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, as well as plant trait databases.