History matters: ecometrics and integrative climate change biology

Climate change research is increasingly focusing on the dynamics among species, ecosystems and climates. Better data about the historical behaviours of these dynamics are urgently needed. Such data are already available 
Climate change research is increasingly focusing on the dynamics among species, ecosystems and climates. Better data about the historical behaviours of these dynamics are urgently needed. Such data are already available from ecology, archaeology, palaeontology and geology, but their integration into climate change research is hampered by differences in their temporal and geographical scales. One productive way to unite data across scales is the study of functional morphological traits, which can form a common denominator for studying interactions between species and climate across taxa, across ecosystems, across space and through time—an approach we call ‘ecometrics’. The sampling methods that have become established in palaeontology to standardize over different scales can be synthesized with tools from community ecology and climate change biology to improve our understanding of the dynamics among species, ecosystems, climates and earth systems over time. Developing these approaches into an integrative climate change biology will help enrich our understanding of the changes our modern world is undergoing.
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Author:P. David Polly, Jussi Eronen, Marianne Fred, Gregory P. Dietl, Volker Mosbrugger, Christoph Scheidegger, David C. Frank, John Damuth, Nils C. Stenseth, Mikael Fortelius
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-110560
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2011/07/26
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2011/07/26
Tag:climate change ; ecometrics ; scalability ; species interactions; traits
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This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Source:Proceedings of The Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 2011 Apr 22; 278(1709): 1131-40. Epub 2011 Jan 12.
HeBIS PPN:273752421
Institutes:Geowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:560 Paläontologie; Paläozoologie
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
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