24. Ecosystem impacts and adaptation

  1. Jean Palutikof3,
  2. Sarah L. Boulter4,
  3. Andrew J. Ash5,
  4. Mark Stafford Smith6,
  5. Martin Parry7,
  6. Marie Waschka8 and
  7. Daniela Guitart9
  1. Alistair J. Hobday1 and
  2. Guy f. Midgley2

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch24

Climate Adaptation Futures

Climate Adaptation Futures

How to Cite

Hobday, A. J. and Midgley, G. f. (2013) Ecosystem impacts and adaptation, in Climate Adaptation Futures (eds J. Palutikof, S. L. Boulter, A. J. Ash, M. S. Smith, M. Parry, M. Waschka and D. Guitart), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 3

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  2. 4

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  3. 5

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  4. 6

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  5. 7

    The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK

  6. 8

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  7. 9

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia

  2. 2

    Climate Change Research Group, South African National Biodiversity Institute, and School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kwazulu, South Africa

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674963

Online ISBN: 9781118529577

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Keywords:

  • adaptation;
  • climate change;
  • ecosystem impacts

Summary

The role of ecosystems is now recognised as broadening beyond mere indicator status within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), shifting from one of adaptive response to climate change effects, to that of a valued resource with the potential to enhance societal resilience to climate change impacts. This shift reflects a sea change in ecosystem science and policy that increasingly values the services that flow from ecosystems. This chapter addresses examples of critical climate impacts on ecosystems, and also highlights how these may compromise the opportunities that ecosystems provide for societal resilience and adaptation to climate change. It suggests several broad research areas that might be followed in the near future to advance ecosystem adaptation planning, execution and evaluation.