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Ecological response to global climatic change

January 1, 2004

Climate change and ecological change go hand in hand. Because we value our ecological environment, any change has the potential to be a problem. Geographers have been drawn to this challenge, and have been successful in addressing it, because the primary ecological response to climate changes in the past — the waxing and waning of the great ice sheets over the past 2 million years – was the changing geographic range of the biota. Plants and animals changed their location. Geographers have been deeply involved in documenting the changing biota of the past, and today we are called upon to help assess the possible responses to ongoing and future climatic change and, thus, their impacts. Assessing the potential responses is important for policy makers to judge the outcomes of action or inaction and also sets the stage for preparation for and mitigation of change.

Publication Year 2004
Title Ecological response to global climatic change
Authors G.P. Malanson, D.R. Butler, S. J. Walsh
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70160031
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center