Developing biodiverse plantings suitable for changing climatic conditions 2: Using the Atlas of Living Australia

Authors

  • Trevor H. Booth,

    1. Trevor H. Booth and Kristen J. Williams are research scientists with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia; Tel: +61 02 6246 4217; Email: trevor.booth@csiro.au; kristen.williams@csiro.au). Lee Belbin carries out consultancy work for CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences as the Geospatial Team Leader for the Atlas of Living Australia (Bonnet Hill, Hobart, Tas 7000, Australia Email: leebelbin@gmail.com). This research was carried out as a strategic project of the ‘Managing Species and Natural Ecosystems’ theme of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship.
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  • Kristen J. Williams,

    1. Trevor H. Booth and Kristen J. Williams are research scientists with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia; Tel: +61 02 6246 4217; Email: trevor.booth@csiro.au; kristen.williams@csiro.au). Lee Belbin carries out consultancy work for CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences as the Geospatial Team Leader for the Atlas of Living Australia (Bonnet Hill, Hobart, Tas 7000, Australia Email: leebelbin@gmail.com). This research was carried out as a strategic project of the ‘Managing Species and Natural Ecosystems’ theme of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship.
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  • Lee Belbin

    1. Trevor H. Booth and Kristen J. Williams are research scientists with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia; Tel: +61 02 6246 4217; Email: trevor.booth@csiro.au; kristen.williams@csiro.au). Lee Belbin carries out consultancy work for CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences as the Geospatial Team Leader for the Atlas of Living Australia (Bonnet Hill, Hobart, Tas 7000, Australia Email: leebelbin@gmail.com). This research was carried out as a strategic project of the ‘Managing Species and Natural Ecosystems’ theme of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship.
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Abstract

Summary  There has been an increasing investment of taxpayer dollars in revegetation in Australia over the past 20 years, at both federal and state levels. The largest of these, the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund, will invest A$946 million to revegetate, rehabilitate and restore landscapes to store carbon, enhance biodiversity and build environmental resilience under climate change. The universal challenge for restoration practitioners working within these programmes is species selection for both current and future environmental conditions at a given site. For policy makers, the challenge is to provide guidelines and tools for this process. The first paper in this series of two papers looked at scientific methods that could provide underpinning knowledge to improve the assessment of species vulnerability to climatic and atmospheric change. In this paper, the publically accessible Atlas of Living Australia is used to demonstrate how revegetation project leaders can assess whether the species and provenances used in their revegetation projects are likely to be suitable for changing environmental conditions. While using the Atlas can assist current selections, ways in which more reliable selections for changing climatic conditions could be made are also outlined.

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