“Fingerprints” of Climate Change

Adapted Behaviour and Shifting Species Ranges

  • G.-R. Walther
  • C. A. Burga
  • P. J. Edwards

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brendan P. Kelly
    Pages 43-55
  3. Jane K. Hill, Chris D. Thomas, Brian Huntley
    Pages 77-88
  4. Annette Menzel, Nicole Estrella
    Pages 123-137
  5. Harald Pauli, Michael Gottfried, Georg Grabherr
    Pages 139-149
  6. Gian-Reto Walther, Gabriele Carraro, Frank Klötzli
    Pages 151-162
  7. Eduardo Sobrino Vesperinas, Alberto González Moreno, Mario Sanz Elorza, Elias Dana Sánchez, Daniel Sánchez Mata, Rosario Gavilán
    Pages 163-184
  8. Detlev Metzing, Albrecht Gerlach
    Pages 185-201
  9. Sandro Pignatti, Pietro Bianco, Giuliano Fanelli, Riccardo Guarino, Jörg Petersen, Paolo Tescarollo
    Pages 281-304
  10. Christian Körner, Gian-reto walther
    Pages 305-316
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 317-329

About this book


In recent years an increasing number of studies have been published reporting observations of adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges of plant and animal species due to recent climate warming. Are these `fingerprints' of climate change? An international conference was organised to bring together scientists from different continents with different expertise but sharing the same issue of climate change impact studies. Ecologists, zoologists, and botanists exchanged and discussed the findings from their individual field of research. The present book is an international collection of biological signs of recent climate warming, neither based only on computer models nor on prediction for the future, but mainly on actually occurring changes in the biosphere such as adapted behaviour or shifts in the ranges of species. `Fingerprints' of Climate Change presents ecological evidence that organisms are responding to recent global warming. The observed changes may foreshadow the types of impacts likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming.


Flora Global warming biosphere climate change ecosystem ecosystems plant plants vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • G.-R. Walther
    • 1
  • C. A. Burga
    • 2
  • P. J. Edwards
    • 3
  1. 1.University of HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.University of Zurich-IrchelZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4667-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8692-4
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