Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 223–229

Assessments of species’ vulnerability to climate change: from pseudo to science

  • Alisa A. Wade
  • Brian K. Hand
  • Ryan P. Kovach
  • Clint C. Muhlfeld
  • Robin S. Waples
  • Gordon Luikart
Commentary
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Abstract

Climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) are important tools to plan for and mitigate potential impacts of climate change. However, CCVAs often lack scientific rigor, which can ultimately lead to poor conservation prioritization and associated ecological and economic costs. We discuss the need to improve comparability and consistency of CCVAs and either validate their findings or improve assessment of CCVA uncertainty and sensitivity to methodological assumptions.

Keywords

Conservation Prioritization Rigor Uncertainty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alisa A. Wade
    • 1
  • Brian K. Hand
    • 1
  • Ryan P. Kovach
    • 2
    • 1
  • Clint C. Muhlfeld
    • 2
    • 1
  • Robin S. Waples
    • 3
  • Gordon Luikart
    • 1
  1. 1.Flathead Lake Biological Station, Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of MontanaPolsonUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science CenterWest GlacierUSA
  3. 3.NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science CenterSeattleUSA

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