Ecological Modeling for Adaptation to Climate Change

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate and Environment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 484

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Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
Interests: biodiversity; climate change; climate models; conservation; ecosystems; forest biology; genetics; genomics; modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate is the primary factor regulating the geographic distributions of many plant and animal species. Many species on Earth are adapted to a range of climatic conditions (i.e., climatic niche). Unprecedented rapid climate change is causing a mismatch between the climate that a species historically adapted to and the climate that the species will experience in the future and compromising the health and functions of our ecosystems. To address such challenges, scientists and researchers have turned to ecological niche models as powerful tools. Ecological niche models help assess how climate change can impact species and ecotypes, projecting potential shifts in their distributions in various climate scenarios. By simulating these changes, researchers can gain valuable insights into the vulnerabilities of different species and identify potential areas of concern for conservation efforts. These models also provide a scientific basis for formulating adaptive strategies to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on biodiversity.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the importance of ecological niche models in the context of climate change and its impacts on species and ecosystems. This issue seeks to present cutting-edge research on the development, refinement, and application of these models, emphasizing their role in understanding and predicting the ecological consequences of climate change. This subject aligns perfectly with the scope of our journal, which focuses on publishing high-quality research in the field of climate processes of our planet, covering all scales and involving modelling and observation methods. By featuring this Special Issue, we aim to provide a platform for researchers to share their advancements in ecological niche modeling and its implications for biodiversity conservation and management.

This Special Issue welcomes manuscripts that delve into various aspects of ecological niche models concerning climate change impacts on species and ecosystems. Suggested themes and article types for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Novel approaches in ecological niche modeling for climate change predictions;
  2. Developing climate variables to facilitate ecological niche modeling;;
  3. Case studies investigating the projected distribution shifts of specific plant and animal species in response to climate change;
  4. Integrating ecological niche models with other tools, such as remote sensing data, to enhance accuracy and applicability;
  5. Developing adaptive management strategies based on ecological niche model predictions for species conservation;
  6. Reviews or meta-analyses summarizing the current state of knowledge in ecological niche modeling and its relevance to climate change research.

Dr. Tongli Wang
Guest Editor

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  • climate change
  • climate data
  • climate niche
  • bioclimate envelope
  • species distribution
  • adaptation

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