Ecological data underpins modelling and risk assessments which identify and prioritise land management practices. Having current data and information at the forefront of adaptation practices ensures the best outcomes for species and ecological communities.
The research projects in this theme focused on collating current ecological data on the environmental and climate niches of NSW species to understand how they may be affected by increasing temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, and increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events.
This research has significantly increased the baseline ecological data on species’ environmental and climate tolerance, species ranges for flora and fauna and adaptive capacity traits. The information can be used to enable the identification and prioritisation of populations for management and adaptation opportunities that might be at significant risk of climatic shifts. The information is also in a single location to be used for further research into climate change impacts on NSW and Australian native species.
A new comparative approach, bringing together temporal changes in environmental suitability, with genome-wide signatures of landscape-level dynamics to identify historical refugia. Used to better predict community-level resilience to future change, the approach developed is widely applicable to other communities and/or landscapes
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A searchable online portal providing access to baseline ecological data for NSW flora. Includes interactive mapping, graphing of niche metrics for populations of NSW plants, and comparisons of range metrics
A search-based tool to explore profiles for species and ecological communities listed as threatened in NSW under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, view maps of their distribution and identify threats to survival, including climate change
A trait-based, quantitative framework is used to classify 342 of NSW's threatened plant species relative to four key areas relevant for response to climate change: dispersal capacity, reproduction, level of niche specialisation and spatial coverage
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Assessment of species and ecological communities listed as threatened under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act (TSC) 1995 for their vulnerability to climate change
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This report summaries a project providing baseline information about the potential extinction risk for a suite of ~5,000 NSW plant species which are currently not listed as threatened under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
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