Birds and Climate Change

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Academic Press, Nov 13, 2004 - Science - 276 pages
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Temperature and other climate variables are currently changing at a dramatic rate. As observations have shown, these climatic changes have serious consequences for all organisms and their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Birds are excellent model organisms, with a very active metabolism, they are highly sensitive to environmental changes and as highly mobile creatures they are also extremely reactive. Birds and Climate Change discusses our current knowledge of observed changes and provides guidelines for studies in the years to come so we can document and understand how patterns of changing weather conditions may affect birds.

* Provides reviews of long-term datasets
* Incorporates meta-analyses of studies about climate change effects on birds
* Includes guidelines and suggestions for further studies
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Arrival and Departure Dates
1
Chapter 2 Migratory Fuelling and Global Climate Change
33
Pitfalls and Prospects
49
Chapter 4 Breeding Dates and Reproductive Performance
69
Chapter 5 Global Climate Change Leads to Mistimed Avian Reproduction
89
Chapter 6 Analysis and Interpretation of LongTerm Studies Investigating Responses to Climate Change
111
Chapter 7 Photoperiodic Response and the Adaptability of Avian Life Cycles to Environmental Change
131
Chapter 8 Microevolutionary Response to Climatic Change
151
Chapter 9 Climate Influences on Avian Population Dynamics
185
Chapter 10 Importance of Climate Change for the Ranges Communities and Conservation of Birds
211
Chapter 11 The Challenge of Future Research on Climate Change and Avian Biology
237
Subject Index
247
Cumulative List of Titles
253
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