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Climate Change Impacts on Florida’s Biodiversity and Ecology

Title: Climate Change Impacts on Florida’s Biodiversity and Ecology .
Name(s): Stys, Beth, author
Foster, Tammy, author
Fuentes, Mariana M.P.B., author
Glazer, Bob, author
Karish, Kimberly, author
Montero, Natalie, author
Reece, Joshua S., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Book Part
Date Issued: 2017-11-29
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Florida’s rich biodiversity is the product of climatic conditions, geographic position, and underlying geology. Interactions of these factors over time have led to the state’s unique biota, with Florida ranking fourth in the nation for total number of endemic species. The ability of Florida’s ecosystems to support plants and animals is intimately tied to its geographic location, climatic and hydrologic variables, including timing and amount of precipitation, the frequency and intensity of storms, the range and duration of temperature extremes, and water chemistry. The ecosystems and species of Florida have adapted to past periods of climatic change. However, these ecosystems are now under stress and less resilient due to past and existing human-caused alterations and impacts, affecting their ability to withstand and adapt to additional stressors such as climate change. The overall vulnerability of some systems and species is primarily driven by the severity and extent of these non-climate stressors. Florida’s biodiversity may be very different in the future, with some species and ecosystems affected to a greater extent than others. Community-level changes will occur as plant and animal species move and adapt at different rates. There are tools available to assist in determining relative vulnerability (vulnerability assessments) and potential impacts (scenario planning) that can aid in developing adaptation strategies. Awareness that change is likely to happen is critical to planning for the future and allowing for adaptation in management practices that will maximize Florida’s biodiversity for future generations.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1515510476_b6a1e65a (IID), 10.17125/fci2017.ch12 (DOI)
Keywords: Ecosystem, Habitat, Species, Phenology, Biodiversity, Adaptation, Vulnerability Assessments, Scenario Planning
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts.

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Stys, B., Foster, T., Fuentes, M. M. P. B., Glazer, B., Karish, K., Montero, N., & Reece, J. S. (2017). Climate Change Impacts on Florida’s Biodiversity and Ecology . Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts. Retrieved from