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Title: Impacts of Global Change on Mediterranean Forests and Their Services
Author: Peñuelas, Josep
Sardans, Jordi
Filella, Iolanda
Estiarte, Marc
Llusià, Joan
Ogaya, Romà
Carnicer Cols, Jofre
Bartrons, Mireia
Rivas-Ubach, Albert
Grau, Oriol
Peguero, Guille
Margalef Marrasé, Olga
Pla Rabés, Sergi
Stefanescu, Constantí
Asensio, Dolores
Preece, Catherine
Liu, Lei
Verger, Aleixandre
Barbeta, Adrià
Achotegui-Castells, Ander
Gargallo-Garriga, Albert
Sperlich, Dominik
Farré-Armengol, Gerard
Fernández-Martínez, Marcos
Liu, Daijun
Zhang, Chao
Urbina, Ifigenia
Camino-Serrano, Marta
Vives-Ingla, Maria
Stocker, Benjamin D.
Balzarolo, Manuela
Guerrieri, Rossella
Peaucelle, Marc
Marañón-Jiménez, Sara
Bórnez-Mejías, Kevin
Mu, Zhaobin
Descals, Adrià
Castellanos, Alejandro
Terradas, Jaume
Keywords: Canvi climàtic
Mediterrània (Regió)
Climatic change
Mediterranean Region
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2017
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: The increase in aridity, mainly by decreases in precipitation but also by higher temperatures, is likely the main threat to the diversity and survival of Mediterranean forests. Changes in land use, including the abandonment of extensive crop activities, mainly in mountains and remote areas, and the increases in human settlements and demand for more resources with the resulting fragmentation of the landscape, hinder the establishment of appropriate management tools to protect Mediterranean forests and their provision of services and biodiversity. Experiments and observations indicate that if changes in climate, land use and other components of global change, such as pollution and overexploitation of resources, continue, the resilience of many forests will likely be exceeded, altering their structure and function and changing, mostly decreasing, their capacity to continue to provide their current services. A consistent assessment of the impacts of the changes, however, remains elusive due to the difficulty of obtaining simultaneous and complete data for all scales of the impacts in the same forests, areas and regions. We review the impacts of climate change and other components of global change and their interactions on the terrestrial forests of Mediterranean regions, with special attention to their impacts on ecosystem services. Management tools for counteracting the negative effects of global change on Mediterranean ecosystem- services are finally discussed.
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It is part of: Forests, 2017, vol. 8(12), num. 463
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ISSN: 1999-4907
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