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What is natural? The importance of a long-term perspective in biodiversity conservation and management

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dc.contributor.author Willis, Katherine Jane
dc.contributor.author Birks, Harry John Betteley
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-01T08:49:20Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-01T08:49:20Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Science 2006 314 (5803): 1261-1265 en
dc.identifier.issn 0036-8075
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1122667
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/2568
dc.description.abstract Ecosystems change in response to factors such as climate variability, invasions, and wildfires. Most records used to assess such change are based on short-term ecological data or satellite imagery spanning only a few decades. In many instances it is impossible to disentangle natural variability from other, potentially significant trends in these records, partly because of their short time scale. We summarize recent studies that show how paleoecological records can be used to provide a longer temporal perspective to address specific conservation issues relating to biological invasions, wildfires, climate change, and determination of natural variability. The use of such records can reduce much of the uncertainty surrounding the question of what is ‘natural’ and thereby start to provide important guidance for long-term management and conservation. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science en
dc.title What is natural? The importance of a long-term perspective in biodiversity conservation and management en
dc.type Peer reviewed en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Zoologiske og botaniske fag: 480 no


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