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 Research Projects 2014-2016

Global and regional vulnerability to 21st century climate shifts in current areas of plant growth

Graduate Trainee: Alessandra Shea

Healthy taro plants in a lo'ii
Crops and vegetation may be particularly vulnerable to future climate changes.

Terrestrial plant production is a fundamental component of the carbon cycle on Earth, which delivers numerous ecological, economic, social and aesthetic goods and services to humanity. A growing body of evidence suggests that ongoing climate change could displace suitable areas for plant growth, which in turn could trigger considerable distress. This project will evaluated a new detailed metric of the potential impacts of climate change on plant growth: the number of days with suitable climate for plant growth.

The project will deliver a detailed insight into the times frames in which climate conditions are suitable for plant growth rather than the traditional look at absolute climate changes. It is anticipated that the results will reveal new facets in which climate change could impact plant growth and will also deliver impart information for the development of proper mitigation policies in the right places, globally and regionally.