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Biodiversity under Global Change


Poppies in a field. Photo: Pixabay.

Climate change threatens biodiversity directly, but also indirectly through changes in land-use caused by attempts to mitigate or adapt to climate change. The direct and indirect consequences of climate change may have compounding effects, such as habitat loss that constrains species range shifts.

A Grand Challenge is to develop a scientific basis for the design of biodiversity conservation strategies under climate change, building on the relative merits of strengthening resilience, using traditional conservation actions such as protected areas, versus enhancing the ability of species to adapt to climate change. This will require improved knowledge of how organisms respond to the combined effects of climate change and habitat deterioration or loss through responses such as range shifts, adapting or going extinct.

Theme leaders

Theme leader: 
Maj Rundlöf
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Deputy Theme leaders:
Christine Bacon 
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Nils Droste
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