Anticipating the effects of climate change on biodiversity is now critical for managing wild species and ecosystems. Climate change is a global driver and thus affects biodiversity globally. However, land-use planners and natural resource managers need regional or even local predictions. This provides scientists with formidable challenges given the poor documentation of biodiversity and its complex relationships with climate. We are approaching this problem in Quebec, Canada, through the CC-Bio Project (http://cc‑bio.uqar.ca/), using a boundary organization as a catalyst for team work involving climate modelers, biologists, naturalists, and biodiversity managers. In this paper we present the CC-Bio Project and its general approach, some preliminary results, the emerging hypothesis of the northern biodiversity paradox (a potential increase of biodiversity in northern ecosystems due to climate change), and an early assessment of the conservation implications generated by our team work.
Berteaux, Dominique; Blois, Sylvie; Angers, Jean-François; Bonin, Joël; Casajus, Nicolas; Darveau, Marcel; Fournier, François; Humphries, Murray; McGill, Brian; Larivée, Jacques; Logan, Travis; Nantel, Patrick; Périé, Catherine; Poisson, Frédéric; Rodrigue, David; Rouleau, Sébastien; Siron, Rouleau; Thuiller, Wilfred; and Vescovi, Luc, "The CC-Bio Project: Studying the Effects of Climate Change on Quebec Biodiversity" (2010). Publications. 91.
"Berteaux, D., Blois, S., Angers, J.F., Bonin, J., Casajus, N., Darveau, M., Fournier, F., Humphries, M.M., McGill, B., Larivée, J., Logan, T., Nantel, P., Périé, C., Poisson, F., Rodrigue, D., Rouleau, S., Siron, R., Thuiller, W., Vescovi, L. 2010. The CC-Bio Project: Studying the Effects of Climate Change on Quebec Biodiversity. Diversity 2:1181-1204. "
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