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Kienle, D*; Eibes, P; Beierkuhnlein, C: Survival in little? Refugia of high-elevated plants in the Spanish Sierra Nevada
Poster, 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, Salzburg, Austria: 2017-11-02 - 2017-11-03

Climate change is a serious threat to high-elevated plant species. There are three possible strategies to survive if they cannot exist in their inherent habitats any more: Upward shift, use of phenotypic plasticity ore movement to small-scaled local still suitable microhabitats. Furthermore, high-mountain plants are still exceptionally endangered since they are already at their ecologic limits. We analyzed future shift strategies based on possible climate scenarios considering current and future climate conditions. The study was conducted at the Spanish Sierra Nevada National Park as part of the ECOPOTENTIAL project.
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