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Monitoring for the effects of climate change on the flora values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

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Styger, JK and Brown, MJ and Whinam, J (2010) Monitoring for the effects of climate change on the flora values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 144. pp. 21-28. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Climate change is predicted to have significant impacts on Australia's biodiversity including the flora values of the Tasmanian Wilderness
World Heritage Area (TWWHA). The current nature and direction of climate change impacts on biodiversity are uncertain. It is therefore
prudent to establish a flora monitoring framework that captures a range of aspects of the vegetation values within the TWWHA. Monitoring
will assist researchers and land managers in identifying values at high risk from climate change and allow for mitigating measures to
be implemented. We outline criteria for a monitoring framework and recommend 14 sites be adopted as key flora monitoring locations
within western and southwestern Tasmania. The sites that have been chosen - many of which have been the focus of previous research -
provide a broad coverage of TWWHA environments allowing the opportunity for existing data to be used as a baseline to measure change.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library, climate change, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, flora, monitoring
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 21-28
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2013 02:53
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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