ALPINEFRAGMENTATION

Effects of climate-induced habitat fragmentation on high alpine biodiversity

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO 

 Organization address address: Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
city: TORINO
postcode: 10124

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Antonio
Cognome: Rolando
Email: send email
Telefono: +39011 6704399
Fax: +39 011 6704436

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 235˙138 €
 EC contributo 235˙138 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008
 Funding Scheme MC-IEF
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-02-01   -   2012-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

 Organization address address: Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
city: TORINO
postcode: 10124

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Antonio
Cognome: Rolando
Email: send email
Telefono: +39011 6704399
Fax: +39 011 6704436

IT (TORINO) coordinator 235˙138.95

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abundance    lower    zones    isolation    altitudinal    altitude    patches    habitat    species    becomes    shifts    unsuitable    fragmentation    climate    size    specialists    representing    suitable    alpine    richness    patch    vegetation    treeline   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Alpine biodiversity is especially vulnerable to climate change; warmer temperatures are forecast to cause altitudinal shifts in vegetation zones and vertical advance of the treeline. Such effects will result in a lower area of suitable habitat for high alpine specialists as their optimal habitat becomes increasingly small. In addition, populations on separate high altitude areas will become increasingly fragmented and isolated from one-another as suitable habitat towards the lower end of their altitudinal range becomes unsuitable. For many alpine specialists, mountain tops may be considered as islands separated by unsuitable habitat, and the size and spacing of these can greatly affect the regional occurrence of species. This project will determine the effects of high alpine habitat patch size and isolation on the abundance and species richness of different animal taxa (birds, butterflies and carabids, representing different dispersal abilities) by carrying out surveys in habitat patches representing a gradient of different sizes and levels of isolation, where patches are defined by the treeline and a range of high altitude species of open grassland habitats are surveyed. Effects of fragmentation will be examined by analysing the relationship between species abundance/richness and patch size and isolation. Resulting statistical models will then be used to examine the potential consequences of climate change on alpine communities by considering differing scenarios of altitudinal shifts in vegetation zones. The project will produce predictions of the effects of habitat fragmentation and therefore enable recommendations about the size and location of any protected areas that are designated to ameliorate climate change effects.'

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