Predicting the impacts of climate change on the distribution of species: are bioclimate envelope models useful?

  title={Predicting the impacts of climate change on the distribution of species: are bioclimate envelope models useful?},
  author={Richard G. Pearson and Terence P. Dawson},
  journal={Global Ecology and Biogeography},
  • R. Pearson, T. Dawson
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
Modelling strategies for predicting the potential impacts of climate change on the natural distribution of species have often focused on the characterization of a species’ bioclimate envelope. A number of recent critiques have questioned the validity of this approach by pointing to the many factors other than climate that play an important part in determining species distributions and the dynamics of distribution changes. Such factors include biotic interactions, evolutionary change and… 

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