AdaptWest publishes papers exploring climate data
The team at AdaptWest have created two new pages that analyze climate data. The first page, “Environmental diversity data for North America,” explores datasets that represent different types of environmental diversity metrics that can be used to help identify climate change refugia. Some approaches to identifying areas that will be refuges for biodiversity under climate change are based on predicting future climate. Other approaches use only information on the current environment, finding areas where there are steep elevation gradients or other factors which might allow species to find climate refuges nearby. To learn more about the different approaches, and how AdaptWest combined data to identify conservation priorities, click here.
The second paper shows datasets that represent potential movement routes of organisms which will need to shift their range in response to climate change. Conserving areas which hold a high number of potential movement routes can help facilitate range shifts, reducing loss of biodiversity as climate changes. To learn more click here.