Identifying general rules why species differ in their sensitivity to climate variability

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Description

Meta-analysing published climate sensitivities to enhance our understanding of how well we can generalize climate sensitivities across time and space as well as between species.

We know very little about how and why different species vary in their response to the rapid rates of current and future climate change. Furthermore, for the vast majority of species we lack the required data to make reliable assessments. Thus, a major challenge is to identify general rules that help us to predict the climate sensitivity of species. At the same the literature is flooded with papers showing that behavioural, physiological and demographic traits as well as population numbers and distribution are affected by climatic variables. A project is available to systematically collect estimates of climate sensitivities published in the literature and apply formal meta-analysis to find which ecological and life-history factors predict why some species are more sensitive to climate change than others. This project could strongly enhance our understanding of how well we can generalize climate sensitivities across time and space as well as between species.

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