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Identifying Vulnerable Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Climate change threatens biodiversity not just one species at a time, but by disrupting the physical features and ecosystem functions that support biota. Although climate change is a problem affecting all parts of the globe, certain ecosystems are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change than others. In fact, some of the areas richest in biodiversity are those that are also the most vulnerable, such as wetlands, coastal areas, and tropical forests.

The map below shows the biomes and ecosystems that have been identified as vulnerable to climate change based on recent studies. Click on the magnifying glass to zoom the map.

  Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Forests Inland Waters
  Wetlands in Prairies   Mangroves Peatlands
Temperate Grasslands, Prairies Tropical Forests Marine and Coastal
Mediterranean Forests, Boreal Forests/Taiga Mangroves
Woodlands, Scrub Islands Coral Reefs
Wetlands in Drylands Small Island Developing States Protected Areas
Mountains Arctic Islands World Heritage Sites
Montane Grasslands, Shrublands (View Map Citation)
 

Vulnerability Studies

The database of vulnerability studies is a compilation of research about how climate change is affecting, or is predicted to affect, specific ecosystems and regions. The database also contains studies of particular species that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Whether addressing the issue of biodiversity and climate change at a local, regional, or national scale, these studies identify areas that can be prioritized for adaptation planning.

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Impactos, vulnerabilidad y adaptación al cambio climático de la biodiversidad Española. 1. Flora y vegetación
Type: Case Study
Date Added: 21 Apr 2011
Este libro presenta los resultados de un proyecto realizado entre los años 2008 y 2010 con el objetivo de evaluar los potenciales efectos del cambio climático sobre la flora española....
HABIT-CHANGE Project
Type: Case Study
Date Added: 4 Jan 2011
The project "Adaptive Management of Climate-induced Changes of Habitat Diversity in Protected Areas" (HABIT-CHANGE) is implemented within the INTERREG IV B CENTRAL EUROPE programme. The acronym of the project not only stands for the expected habitat changes caused by climate change but also for the ...
Sustainable Livelihoods in the Context of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Tanzania
Type: Case Study
Date Added: 7 Oct 2009
Analysis of the vulnerability of communities in the Kilimanjaro Region to climate change impacts in the context of Sustainable Livelihood Framework...
Climate Change in Ontario: Impacts on Our Natural Systems
Type: Web-based Tool
Date Added: 11 Jan 2008
The website provides a selection of threat studies, vulnerability assessments and adaptation options related to climate change and natural systems in Ontario, Canada...
Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment
Type: Scientific Paper
Date Added: 21 Nov 2007
The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) is a new assessment of climate change, impacts on climate-sensitive sectors, and solutions in the northeastern United States. In Phase I of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (completed in October, 2006) collaborating scientists developed a ...
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