Past and Future Rapid Environmental Changes

The Spatial and Evolutionary Responses of Terrestrial Biota

  • Brian Huntley
  • Wolfgang Cramer
  • Alan V. Morgan
  • Honor C. Prentice
  • Judy R. M. Allen
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Brian Huntley, Wolfgang Cramer, Alan V. Morgan, Honor C. Prentice, Judy R. M. Allen
      Pages 1-8
  3. Past environmental changes — the late Quaternary

  4. Spatial response to past changes

  5. Mechanisms enabling spatial responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Margaret B. Davis, Shinya Sugita
      Pages 181-193
    3. Rob Hengeveld, Frank Van den Bosch
      Pages 217-225
    4. Peter R. Evans
      Pages 227-238
    5. Herman H. Shugart, Guofan Shao, William R. Emanuel, Thomas M. Smith
      Pages 265-272
  6. Evolutionary responses to past changes

  7. Mechanisms enabling evolutionary responses

  8. Predicted future environmental changes and simulated responses

  9. General discussion and workshop conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 485-485
    2. Brian Huntley, Wolfgang Cramer, Alan V. Morgan, Honor C. Prentice, Judy R. M. Allen
      Pages 487-504
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 505-523

About these proceedings


Numerous experts including ecologists, geneticists, paleontologists and climatologists, investigate the response of terrestrial organisms to changes in their environment. The volume comprises an introductory and a final chapter by the editors as well as another 35 contributions. These are divided into six sections: 1. past environmental changes - the late-Quaternary; 2. spatial responses to past changes; 3. mechanisms enabling spatial responses; 4. evolutionary responses to past changes; 5. mechanisms enabling evolutionary responses; 6. predicted future environmental changes and simulated responses. The overwhelming and unanimous conclusion of all contributors is that forecasted global environmental changes pose a severe threat to the integrity of ecosystems worldwide and to the survival of at least some species.


Global change Globale Veränderung Klimaveränderung climate change ecology ecosystem environment environmental change Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Huntley
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Cramer
    • 2
  • Alan V. Morgan
    • 3
  • Honor C. Prentice
    • 4
  • Judy R. M. Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Research Centre, Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Quaternary Sciences InstituteUniversity of WaterlooWaterloo, OntarioCanada
  4. 4.Department of Systematic BotanyLund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-61877-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60599-4
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