The impact of climate change on species ranges and composition of plant communities in temperate, boreal and alpine regions.  


 KlimaVeg factsheet

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Instrument: Norway Grants

Programme: Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, Core 2012 Call: Climate Change



KlimaVeg assembles teams from Poland and Norway with complementary expertise in the study of climate-linked vegetation dynamics in forests and alpine habitats. The collaboration will lay the foundation for future exploration of the many similar datasets available, and equip young researchers with the skills to develop careers in this field.



Long-term, controlled experiments are ideal but rare, so alternative approaches must be explored and utilized to study climate change-driven shifts of species ranges. Poland and Norway both have strong traditions of phytosociological studies, coupled with unique long-term forest experimental plots.



The ranges of many species are shifting to higher latitudes and altitudes in response to the climatic warming of recent decades. However, species ranges track climate in an individualistic manner and many still defy detailed prediction.



                  Since the main aim of this project is to study range shifts, data from at least two time periods are needed for each study area. Each historical data-set will be resampled, making a quantification of range shifts or shift in community composition possible.



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