Figure : ecosystem-shifts

Climate Change Outpaces Plants’ Ability to Shift Habitat Range

Figure 21.5

The Nature Conservancy
Kimberly R. Hall

This figure appears in chapter 21 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

While midwestern species, such as understory plants in Wisconsin, are showing changes in range, they may not be shifting quickly enough to keep up with changes in climate. The panels here represent 78 plant species, showing (a) observed changes in the center of plant species abundances (centroids) from the 1950s to 2000s, (b) the direction and magnitude of changes in climate factors associated with those species, and \(c) the lag, or difference, between where the species centroid is now located and where the change in climate factors suggests it should be located in order to keep pace with a changing climate. Source: adapted from Ash et al. 2017.a307878c-a79f-4dec-9435-e81f75676634 ©John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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