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Consistent response of bird populations to climate change on two continents

  • Philip A. Stephens
  • Lucy R. Mason
  • Rhys E. Green
  • Richard D. Gregory
  • John R. Sauer
  • Jamie Alison
  • Ainars Aunins
  • Lluís Brotons
  • Stuart H M Butchart
  • Tommaso Campedelli
  • Tomasz Chodkiewicz
  • Przemysław Chylarecki
  • Olivia Crowe
  • Jaanus Elts
  • Virginia Escandell
  • Ruud P B Foppen
  • Henning Heldbjerg
  • Sergi Herrando
  • Magne Husby
  • Frédéric Jiguet
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen
  • Åke Lindström
  • David G. Noble
  • Jean Yves Paquet
  • Jiri Reif
  • Thomas Sattler
  • Tibor Szép
  • Norbert Teufelbauer
  • Sven Trautmann
  • Arco J. Van Strien
  • Chris A M Van Turnhout
  • Petr Vorisek
  • Stephen G. Willis
Publishing year: 2016-04-01
Language: English
Pages: 84-87
Publication/Series: Science
Volume: 352
Issue: 6281
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: The American Association for the Advancement of Science

Abstract english

Global climate change is a major threat to biodiversity. Large-scale analyses have generally focused on the impacts of climate change on the geographic ranges of species and on phenology, the timing of ecological phenomena. We used long-term monitoring of the abundance of breeding birds across Europe and the United States to produce, for both regions, composite population indices for two groups of species: those for which climate suitability has been either improving or declining since 1980. The ratio of these composite indices, the climate impact indicator (CII), reflects the divergent fates of species favored or disadvantaged by climate change. The trend in CII is positive and similar in the two regions. On both continents, interspecific and spatial variation in population abundance trends are well predicted by climate suitability trends.


  • Ecology
  • Climate Research


  • ISSN: 0036-8075
Åke Lindström
E-mail: ake [dot] lindstrom [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



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