Birds and Climate Change

Birds and Climate Change

1st Edition - November 13, 2004

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  • Editors: Anders Moller, Wolfgang Fiedler
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471921

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Temperature and other climate variables are currently changing at a dramatic rate. As observations have shown, these climatic changes have serious consequences for all organisms and their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Birds are excellent model organisms, with a very active metabolism, they are highly sensitive to environmental changes and as highly mobile creatures they are also extremely reactive. Birds and Climate Change discusses our current knowledge of observed changes and provides guidelines for studies in the years to come so we can document and understand how patterns of changing weather conditions may affect birds.

Key Features

  • Provides reviews of long-term datasets
  • Incorporates meta-analyses of studies about climate change effects on birds
  • Includes guidelines and suggestions for further studies


Scientists and academicians studying ecology, evolution, plant biology, physiology, the environment, population biology, and entomology.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Arrival and departure dates
    Migrators fuelling and global climate change
    Using large scale data from ringed birds for the investigation of effects of climate change on migrating birds: pitfalls and prospects
    Breeding dates and reproductive performance
    Global climate change leads to mistimed avian reproduction
    Analysis and interpretation of long-term studies investigating responses to climate change
    Photoperiodic response and the adaptability of avian life cycles to environmental change
    Microevolutionary response to climatic change
    Climate influences on avian population dynamics
    Importance of climatic change for the ranges, communities and conservation of birds
    The challenge of future research on climate change and avian biology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 276
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: November 13, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471921

About the Serial Volume Editors

Anders Moller

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratoire de Parasitologie Evolutive, CNRS UMR, Paris, France

Wolfgang Fiedler

Affiliations and Expertise

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany

About the Series Editor

Luo Yiqi

Affiliations and Expertise

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts, U.S.A. University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.

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