Predicting global change impacts on plant species-distributions: Future challenges
Given the rate of projected environmental change for the 21st century, urgent adaptation and mitigation measures are required to slow down the on-going erosion of biodiversity. Even though increasing evidence shows that recent human-induced environmental changes have already triggered species' range shifts, changes in phenology and species' extinctions, accurate projections of species' responses to future environmental changes are more difficult to ascertain. This is problematic, since there is a growing awareness of the need to adopt proactive conservation planning measures using forecasts of species' responses to future environmental changes. Keywords: species distribution modeling, habitat models, process-based models, global change, conservation planning.
Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics