Global Change Biology

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Edited By: Steve Long

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 1/40 (Biodiversity Conservation); 5/210 (Environmental Sciences); 9/136 (Ecology)

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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:

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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

Increase in avian malaria transmissionsIncrease in avian malaria transmissions
Hawaii’s endemic forest birds are iconic examples of adaptation, but face extraordinary rates of extinction. While many factors have contributed to these declines, their high susceptibility to introduced avian malaria is a primary reason why many species have disappeared from lowland habitats and are able to persist only in cool, high elevation mountaintops, where disease transmission is limited. Carter Atkinson and coauthors demonstrate that recent climatic changes that favor increased transmission of malaria may be responsible for rapid declines in native forest bird populations that are taking place at higher elevations on the island of Kaua`i.

Optimizing rice yields under global warmingOptimizing rice yields under global warming
A sustainable increase in agriculture is needed to meet growing global food demand with reduced greenhouse gas emissions among other environmental impacts. However, management practices to achieve these goals remain few. Addressing both food demand and climate change concerns, Cameron Pittelkow and coauthors synthesized recent data to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions and rice yield in response to nitrogen fertilizer addition. The results suggest it is possible to achieve high rice yields with minimal greenhouse gas emissions through optimal nitrogen fertilizer application rates.

Climate change impacts on West Nile virusClimate change impacts on West Nile virus
Since its introduction, West Nile virus (WNV) has spread rapidly across the North American continent, threatening wildlife populations and posing serious health risks to humans. In order to better understand how the distribution of WNV will further impact human and wildlife populations, and how these impacts may change under future climate conditions, Ryan Harrigan and coauthors modeled the occurrence of WNV infections under current conditions, and used these models to predict where the disease may occur in the future. The risk assessment identifies hotspots of WNV and presents an important new approach for monitoring this and other vector-borne diseases under climate change.

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