Mountain plant communities: Uncertain sentinels?

dc.contributor.authorMalanson, George P.en
dc.contributor.authorResler, Lynn M.en
dc.contributor.authorButler, David R.en
dc.contributor.authorFagre, Daniel B.en
dc.contributor.departmentGeographyen
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-25T17:03:54Zen
dc.date.available2020-06-25T17:03:54Zen
dc.date.issued2019-08en
dc.description.abstractMountain plant communities are thought to be sensitive to climate change and, thus, able to reveal its effects sooner than others. The status as sentinels of two plant communities are reviewed. Alpine treeline ecotones and alpine vegetation have been observed to respond to climate change in recent decades. The treeline has moved upslope and alpine communities have had some species increase and others decrease. The response for both, however, has been inconsistent if taken as a whole. Problematic factors for this response are outlined for both: abiotic and biotic interactions partially decouple the plant communities from climate. Differences across spatial and temporal scales complicate interpretation. Partial decoupling leads to nonlinear responses and difficulties for prediction and for planning mitigation.en
dc.description.adminPublic domain – authored by a U.S. government employeeen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0309133319843873en
dc.identifier.eissn1477-0296en
dc.identifier.issn0309-1333en
dc.identifier.issue4en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/99136en
dc.identifier.volume43en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsCreative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedicationen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/en
dc.subjectDisequilibriumen
dc.subjectindicatoren
dc.subjectclimate changeen
dc.subjectalpine vegetationen
dc.subjectalpine treelineen
dc.subjectmonitoringen
dc.titleMountain plant communities: Uncertain sentinels?en
dc.title.serialProgress In Physical Geography-Earth and Environmenten
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
dc.type.dcmitypeStillImageen
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