Helping Biodiversity Adapt: Supporting climate adaptation planning using a community-level modelling approach

In this Guide we introduce the need to adjust our approach to biodiversity conservation to account for a rapidly changing climate. Toward a national conversation, we outline some potential new principles and link them to new or revised strategic goals and potential implementation actions. We then describe a suite of new measures to assist with planning actions, all of which have been derived from the community-level models introduced in Implications of Climate Change for Biodiversity.

This Guide is intended as a reference to explain the interpretation and use of the new measures we introduce and comprises seven sections.

Section 2 offers a general discussion of the need for new principles to guide biodiversity conservation in a rapidly changing climate, and associated options for facilitating adaptation of biodiversity to climate change.

Sections 3 to 6 introduce four new measures that aim to inform the design or exploration of particular adaptation options:

  • Section 3 describes measures of projected distribution of vegetation type. It provides an indication of how present-day vegetation may reorganise spatially with climate change.
  • Section 4 outlines a revegetation benefit index, to suggest where revegetation actions may support the greatest diversity of species in a changing climate.
  • Section 5 introduces an index describing the need for assisted dispersal, which estimates how far an organism might need to move, or be moved, to find potentially suitable habitat in the future.
  • Section 6 describes a measure of refugial potential, to indicate how important a location may be as an ecological refugium through climate change, a place where surrounding species may need to retreat into.

Section 7 draws together a summary of the information provided in this Guide and linkages with the earlier Implications of Climate Change for Biodiversity.


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The AdaptNRM Guide: Helping Biodiversity Adapt: Supporting climate adaptation planning using a community-level modelling approach, is accompanied by a series of datasets. These represent supporting materials and information about the community-level biodiversity models applied to climate change.


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© 2015 CSIRO To the extent permitted by law, all rights are reserved and no part of this publication covered by copyright may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means except with the written permission of CSIRO.
CSIRO Land and Water
Suzanne Prober, Kristen Williams, Tom Harwood, Veronica Doerr, Talia Jeanneret, Glenn Manion, Simon Ferrier
Prober SM, Williams KJ, Harwood TD, Doerr VAJ, Jeanneret T, Manion G, Ferrier S (2015). Helping Biodiversity Adapt: Supporting climate-adaptation planning using a community-level modelling approach. CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Canberra. ISBN 978-1-4863-0560-5
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