Global Change Biology
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Edited By: Steve Long
Impact Factor: 6.91
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 1/40 (Biodiversity Conservation); 5/210 (Environmental Sciences); 9/136 (Ecology)
Online ISSN: 1365-2486
Associated Title(s): GCB Bioenergy
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Aims and Scope
Global Change Biology exists to promote understanding of the interface between all aspects of current environmental change that affects a substantial part of the globe and biological systems.
The journal publishes primary research articles, technical advances, research reviews, commentaries and letters.
Global Change Biology defines global change as any consistent trend in the environment - past, present or projected - that affects a substantial part of the globe. Examples include:
- rising tropospheric, ozone, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide concentrations
- increasing UV-B irradiation
- global climate change
- biological sinks and sources of atmospheric trace gases
- land use change
- loss of biodiversity
- biological feedback on climate change
- biological mitigation for atmospheric change
Global Change Biologyfrequently features in the news - here's the latest:
The article Microhabitats reduce animal's exposure to climate extremes has been featured by Mongabay
The open access article Plant responses to elevated temperatures: a field study on phenological sensitivity and fitness responses to simulated climate warming has been featured by Phys.org
The article Irukandji jellyfish polyps exhibit tolerance to interacting climate change stressors has been featured by ABC News
The article Incorporating adaptive responses into future projections of coral bleaching has been featured by Science Daily, Red Orbit and the Los Angeles Times
The article Mutualism fails when climate response differs between interacting species has been featured by Phys.org
The article Multi-decadal range changes vs. thermal adaptation for north east Atlantic oceanic copepods in the face of climate change has been featured by Nature World News
The article Consistent response of vegetation dynamics to recent climate change in tropical mountain regions has been featured by The Hindu
The article Threats and opportunities for freshwater conservation under future land use change scenarios in the United States has been featured by Phys.org
The article Linking El Niño, local rainfall, and migration timing in a tropical migratory species has been featured by Earth Sky Science
The article Carbon cost of collective farming collapse in Russia has been featured by TakePart and Grist
The article Compositional shifts in Costa Rican forests due to climate-driven species migrations has been featured Mongabay
The article Disturbance legacies and climate jointly drive tree growth and mortality in an intensively studied boreal forest has been featured by Research and Development Magazine
The article The seasonal timing of warming that controls onset of the growing season has been featured by Red Orbit
The article Global change effects on the long-term feeding ecology and contaminant exposures of East Greenland polar bears has been featured by Red Orbit
Russian farming collapse and ecological benefits
The collapse of collective farming in Russia after 1990 and the subsequent economic crisis led to the abandonment of more than 45 million ha of arable lands (23% of the agricultural area). The withdrawal of land area from cultivation led to several ecological benefits including carbon (C) sequestration in soil. Here, Irina Kurganova and her coauthors demonstrate a geographically complete and spatially detailed analysis of C sequestered in these abandoned lands. It compensates all fire and post-fire CO2 emissions in Russia and covers about 4% of the global CO2 release due to deforestation and other land use changes.
Climate change projected to reduce seafloor life
The global ocean houses the largest ecosystem on earth. Over half of the biomass, or weight of life, resides on the deep sea floor. Climate change simulations project reductions in biological food production in surface waters. As deep-ocean life mostly relies on sinking food from above, we project that climate-related changes will lead to around 5% reductions in the biomass of seafloor life. Daniel O.B. Jones and his colleagues also predict that creatures will get smaller, with fewer fishes and more microscopic organisms present. These changes will fundamentally alter the nature of deep ocean life and may ultimately increase the rate of climatic change..
Forest growth decline in boreal North America
The study by Girardin et al. uses several methods of data study and gathering to provide an integrated perspective on climatic, physical, and ecosystem changes over past decades and centuries in black spruce dominated forests of eastern Canada. Declines in tree productivity during the past decades were found and attributed to summer warming. While episodes of productivity declines happened during the past 300 years, the recent decline was the first one to occur under climatic warming and co-occurs with Arctic sea-ice declines. These results highlight the sensitivity of these forests to relatively modest changes in temperature.