Scherrer, Daniel. Infra-red thermometry in alpine terrain. 2011, PhD Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.
Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_9465
The observed micro-habitat variation in seasonal mean soil temperature (ΔT=7.2 K), surface temperature (ΔT=10.5 K) and season length (>32 days) strongly correlated with the mean indicator values for temperature of plant communities. Cold demanding plant species grew in significantly colder micro-habitats than plants with higher indicator values found on the same slope.
Our results demonstrate that the topography induced mosaics of micro-climatic conditions in an alpine landscape are associated with plant species distribution. Local thermal contrasts significantly exceed IPCC warming projections for the next hundred years, a warning against over simplistic applications of average warming scenarios in models of the fate of alpine biota. Due to their rich topography and micro-habitat diversity, alpine landscapes are likely to be safer places in a warming world for most species than lowland terrain.
|Committee Members:||Guisan, Antoine|
|Faculties and Departments:||05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Botanisches Institut > Pflanzenökologie (Körner)|
|Bibsysno:||Link to catalogue|
|Number of Pages:||67 S.|
|Last Modified:||30 Jun 2016 10:41|
|Deposited On:||27 May 2011 13:06|
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