Assessments of species’ vulnerability to climate change: from pseudo to science

Alisa A. Wade, Brian K. Hand, Ryan P. Kovach, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Robin S. Waples, Gordon Luikart

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Abstract

Climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) are important tools to plan for and mitigate potential impacts of climate change. However, CCVAs often lack scientific rigor, which can ultimately lead to poor conservation prioritization and associated ecological and economic costs. We discuss the need to improve comparability and consistency of CCVAs and either validate their findings or improve assessment of CCVA uncertainty and sensitivity to methodological assumptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Prioritization
  • Rigor
  • Uncertainty

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