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Climate change experiments in temperate grasslands: synthesis and future directions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22048893     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The immediate need to understand the complex responses of grasslands to climate change, to ensure food supplies and to mitigate future climate change through carbon sequestration, necessitate a global, synthesized approach. Numerous manipulative experiments have altered temperature or precipitation, often in conjunction with other interacting factors such as grazing, to understand potential effects of climate change on the ecological integrity of temperate grasslands and understand the mechanisms of change. Although the different ways in which temperature and precipitation may change to effect grasslands were well represented, variability in methodology limited generalizations. Results from these experiments were also largely mixed and complex; thus, a broad understanding of temperate grassland responses to these factors remains elusive. A collaboration based on a set of globally dispersed, inexpensive experiments with consistent methodology would provide the data needed to better understand responses of temperate grassland to climate change.
Authors:
Shannon R White; Cameron N Carlyle; Lauchlan H Fraser; James F Cahill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-11-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1744-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-13     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  484-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, 11455 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. shannon.white@ualberta.ca
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Climate Change*
Congresses as Topic
Ecosystem*
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Geography
Herbivory / physiology
Poaceae / physiology*
Temperature
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