Climate change reshuffles northern species within their niches

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Antao , L , Weigel , B , Strona , G , Hällfors , M , Kaarlejärvi , E , Dallas , T , Opedal , Ø , Heliölä , J , Henttonen , H , Huitu , O , Korpimäki , E , Kuussaari , M , Lehikoinen , A , Leinonen , R , Lindén , A , Merilä , P , Pietiäinen , H , Pöyry , J , Salemaa , M , Tonteri , T , Vuorio , K , Ovaskainen , O , Saastamoinen , M , Vanhatalo , J , Roslin , T & Laine , A-L 2022 , ' Climate change reshuffles northern species within their niches ' , Nature Climate Change , vol. 12 , no. 6 , pp. 587–592 .

Title: Climate change reshuffles northern species within their niches
Author: Antao, Laura; Weigel, Benjamin; Strona, Giovanni; Hällfors, Maria; Kaarlejärvi, Elina; Dallas, Tad; Opedal, Øystein; Heliölä, Janne; Henttonen, Heikki; Huitu, Otso; Korpimäki, Erkki; Kuussaari, Mikko; Lehikoinen, Aleksi; Leinonen, Reima; Lindén, Andreas; Merilä, Päivi; Pietiäinen, Hannu; Pöyry, Juha; Salemaa, Maija; Tonteri, Tiina; Vuorio, Kristiina; Ovaskainen, Otso; Saastamoinen, Marjo; Vanhatalo, Jarno; Roslin, Tomas; Laine, Anna-Liisa
Contributor organization: Research Centre for Ecological Change
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Ecological Data Science
Plant Adaptation and Conservation
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Otso Ovaskainen / Principal Investigator
Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Environmental and Ecological Statistics Group
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Spatial Foodweb Ecology Group
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS)
Date: 2022-06
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Nature Climate Change
ISSN: 1758-678X
Abstract: Climate change is a pervasive threat to biodiversity. While range shifts are a known consequence of climate warming contributing to regional community change, less is known about how species’ positions shift within their climatic niches. Furthermore, whether the relative importance of different climatic variables prompting such shifts varies with changing climate remains unclear. Here we analysed four decades of data for 1,478 species of birds, mammals, butterflies, moths, plants and phytoplankton along a 1,200 km high latitudinal gradient. The relative importance of climatic drivers varied non-uniformly with progressing climate change. While species turnover among decades was limited, the relative position of species within their climatic niche shifted substantially. A greater proportion of species responded to climatic change at higher latitudes, where changes were stronger. These diverging climate imprints restructure a full biome, making it difficult to generalize biodiversity responses and raising concerns about ecosystem integrity in the face of accelerating climate change.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
1172 Environmental sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
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