CR 75:215-220 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01525

OPINION PIECE Non-traditional data and innovative methods for autumn climate change ecology

Ulf Büntgen1,2,3,*, Paul J. Krusic1,4

1Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK
2Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
3CzechGlobe and Masaryk University, Kotlárská 2, 61137 Brno, Czech Republic
4Navarino Environmental Observatory, 24001 Messenia, Greece
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ABSTRACT: Changes in autumnal climate affecting ecosphere diversity and productivity are arguably as important as those during other seasons, which tend to be more closely studied. Motivated by recent calls for more research on the biological and ecological consequences of seasonal climate change, we present 3 examples of innovative biogeoscience, employing novel data sets and methodologies, which refine our ability to monitor the physiological functioning and ecosystem performance during autumn. Drawn from recent research in wildlife biology (big-game hunting), wood anatomy (tree-ring formation) and mycology (fruit-body picking), these studies provide original insights that contribute to an improved understanding of how varying environmental and climatic conditions in autumn impact the phenology, productivity and diversity of different organisms.


KEY WORDS: Animal migration · Citizen science · Cross-disciplinary assessment · Global change ecology · Hunting inventories · Mushroom fruiting · Tree-ring formation


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Cite this article as: Büntgen U, Krusic PJ (2018) OPINION PIECE Non-traditional data and innovative methods for autumn climate change ecology. Clim Res 75:215-220. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01525

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