A significant challenge in climate change adaptation for biodiversity is the ability to identify where within the landscape priorities for protection will occur with the shifting of species and systems under climate change.
This suite of projects in this theme provides resources to be used at the landscape scale to improve decision-making and future management. Tools, maps and websites have been developed to identify priority places for protection, provide maps of climate refugia and guidance on climate-ready revegetation options to support resilient flora and fauna into the future.
These resources will allow researchers, scientists, policy makers and land managers to support the protection of NSW’s biodiversity communities from climate change.
Li et al (2018) Tree Physiology: Xylem embolism measured retrospectively is linked to canopy dieback in natural populations of Eucalyptus piperita following drought
A guideline that compiles online tools available to assist natural resource managers to incorporate the inherent uncertainties associated with climate change when planning revegetation activities
The ‘Dead Tree Detective’ app collects observations of dead or dying trees around Australia. Knowing where and when trees have died will help to work out the cause, identify trees that are vulnerable and take steps to protect them
Kauwe et al (2017) Biogeosciences Ideas and perspectives: how coupled is the vegetation to the boundary layer?
Identification of climate refugia and assessment of the potential for species to shift their distributions; barriers to movements, current land use patterns, landscape connectivity and health, proximity to/connectivity with existing protected areas, and species-specific life history traits
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Ukkola et al (2016) Environmental Research Letters: Land surface models systematically overestimate the intensity, duration and magnitude of seasonal-scale evaporative droughts
Duursma (2018) New Phytologist: On the minimum leaf conductance: its role in models of plant water use, and ecological and environmental controls
Ukkola et al (2016) Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences: Modelling evapotranspiration during precipitation deficits: identifying critical processes in a land surface model
A decision support tool to: identify and visualise putative refugia from climate change for species listed as threatened in NSW; download habitat suitability maps for key species; and generate reports for major administrative regions
Drake et al (2016) New Phytol: Does physiological acclimation to climate warming stabilize the ratio of canopy respiration to photosynthesis?
Ukkola et al (2017) Geoscientific Model Development, 2017 FluxnetLSM R package (v1.0): a community tool for processing FLUXNET data for use in land surface modelling
Calculation of the risk of drought mortality for key tree species across NSW in current and future climates. Integrating four independent, complementary research streams, were used to develop risk profiles for conservation planning and land management across NSW
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Li et al (2018) Plant, Cell & Environment: Tree hydraulic traits are co-ordinated and strongly linked to climate-of-origin across a rainfall gradient