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CR 60:87-89 (2014)  -  DOI:

Local-scale adaptation to climate change: the village flower festival

Tim H. Sparks*

Chair of Ecoclimatology, Technische Universität München, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Germany
Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 2a, 85748 Garching, Germany
Institute of Zoology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 71C, 60-625 Poznań, Poland sigma,
Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK Department of Zoology,
University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
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ABSTRACT: Plant tourism, for example to view flower displays or autumn colours, is a worldwide industry worth billions of US dollars annually. Climate change has been modifying the timings of many of these plant events, but there is little evidence of adaptation to meet this challenge. Here I show that a local-scale festival attracting thousands of people annually has advanced its timing by more than 3 wk over 46 yr. This short paper represents one of the first solid pieces of evidence of adaptation in flower tourism. I believe that these events represent a neglected source of data for confirming responses to a changing climate and, worldwide, it is likely that festivals can provide numerous such examples.

KEY WORDS: Adaptation · Climate change · Daffodil · Flower festival · Narcissus · Synchrony

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Cite this article as: Sparks TH (2014) Local-scale adaptation to climate change: the village flower festival. Clim Res 60:87-89.

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