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Ecology of Climate ChangeThe Importance of Biotic Interactions$
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Eric Post

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148472

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148472.001.0001

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Brief Remarks on Some Especially Important Considerations

Brief Remarks on Some Especially Important Considerations

(p.297) Chapter 9 Brief Remarks on Some Especially Important Considerations
Ecology of Climate Change

Eric Post

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter argues that Earth's climate is warming at a pace that may very well be unprecedented, and it is doing so from a higher baseline average temperature than that which was the starting point for the most recent episode of rapid warming, which signaled the end of the Pleistocene and the demise of most of its large mammals. That most recent warming episode also coincided with geographically widespread biome shifts. Perhaps more tellingly, current warming, still in its early stages, has already heralded similarly geographically widespread and taxonomically broad shifts in phenological dynamics, population dynamics, species distributions, and ecosystem carbon dynamics. Indeed, some have asserted that Earth may be on the threshold of the sixth major extinction event.

Keywords:   climate change, rapid warming, biome shifts, phenological dynamics, population dynamics, species distributions, ecosystem carbon dynamics, extinction

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