Volunteer phenologists.

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  1. Ojo

    Ojo Junior Member

    Sep 6, 2007
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    The species in some
    ecosystems are so strongly adapted to the
    long-prevailing climatic pattern that these
    are vulnerable even to modest changes.
    Phenological changes can be observed visu-
    ally and no specialized techniques or so-
    phisticated equipments are required to
    monitor how plants respond to climatic
    variation. Parameters such as appearance of
    leaf primordia, leaf fall, timing of opening of
    flowers, anthesis and period of maximum
    bloom can be recorded right at the field site.
    These parameters generate authentic data
    to study the effect of climate change on

    Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in Australia
    There is now clear evidence that the relatively modest climatic changes over the past century have already had significant impacts on the distribution, abundance, phenology and physiology of a wide range of species. Recent reviews have documented many instances of shifts in species distributions towards the poles or upwards in altitude, and progressively earlier migrations and breeding (Hughes 2000, McCarty 2001, Walther et al. 2002, Parmesan and Yohe 2003, Root et al. 2003). The studies documented in these compilations are almost exclusively from the Northern Hemisphere, and an extensive review of species responses to recent climatic changes by the IPCC includes no Australian examples at all. As climate changes in Australia are consistent with global trends (see Howden, this report), it is likely that the lack of documented impacts is not because Australian species have been unaffected, but rather because long-term data-sets in which such trends could be detected are scarce (Westoby 1991). Our lack of systematic, long-term monitoring data on geographic distribution, phenology and other critical responses of Australian species will seriously hamper our ability to predict, adapt to, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on Australian biodiversity.

    there will need to be a commitment to begin collecting the baseline data.
    https://eied.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/pub ... pter4.html

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