Influence of Climate Change on Vegetation and Wildlife in the Daurian Eco-region

  • Vadim E. Kirilyuk
  • Viktor A. Obyazov
  • Tatyana E. Tkachuk
  • Olga K. Kirilyuk
Part of the Plant and Vegetation book series (PAVE, volume 6)


One of the most remarkable natural peculiarities of Dauria is an alteration of dry and wet stages within about 30-year climate cycles, which affect habitats and biota very strongly. During dry stage biomass and bioproductivity decrease, some habitat types diminish or disappear. Most of species both aquatic and terrestrial survive drought using different adaptations. The vegetation is adapted to climate cycles and resiliently reacts with fluctuations and cyclical successions. The distribution areas of many ground vertebrates pulsate in concord with the climate cycles. But the continuing warming gradually destroys the complete reversibility of these processes and leads to aridization: the dry stage of the cycle has mostly negative consequences including a decreasing sustainability of the ecosystem complexes and shifts in the range limits and migration routes of animals. Many vertebrate species barely survive.


Steppe Zone Meadow Steppe Mongolian Gazelle Lake Depression Steppe Habitat 
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This work was carried out with the support of the project of the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research “Instruments for estimating the quality of economic growth of the natural-resource region in conditions of climate changes”, № 10-06-00060a.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Daursky State Nature Biosphere ReserveChitaRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Nature Resources, Ecology and CryologySiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesChitaRussia
  3. 3.Zabaikalsky State Humanitarian Pedagogical UniversityChitaRussia

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