TITLE   Identifying likely climate refugia and corridors to support species range shifts
PARTICIPANTS   Macquarie University (Beaumont, Leishman, Evans), University of Western Sydney (Medlyn), Office of Environment and Heritage (Auld)
GRANT   Office of Environment and Heritage/Macquarie University Biodiversity Node
TIMELINE   Jul 2014 - Jul 2016
- 3 publications and final report
- GIS data on refugia
- website
- eMAST bioclimatic variables
- eMAST/INTERSECT high performance computing infrastructure

This project aims to identify climate refugia and assess the potential for species to shift their distributions to track moving climate zones by considering barriers to movements, current land use patterns, landscape connectivity and health, proximity to/connectivity with existing protected areas, and species-specific list history traits.

The project will utilise a number of recent innovations including future climate scenarios for New South Wales (NARCliM - NSW/ACT Regional Climate Modelling project), and climate and environmental data developed by eMAST, and e-architecture and platform being developed for the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL).

It will also be informed by methodologies and results from other Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) projects such as “Predicted effects of climate change on freshwater biodiversity” and “Risk assessment website development for exotic plants under future climate”, and will extend recent National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) assessments of terrestrial and freshwater refugia.

For more information on the project contact Linda Beaumont

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