© 1997

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

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

  • Book Title Past and Future Rapid Environmental Changes
  • Book Subtitle The Spatial and Evolutionary Responses of Terrestrial Biota
  • Editors Brian Huntley
    Wolfgang Cramer
    Alan V. Morgan
    Honor C. Prentice
    Judy R.M. Allen
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-61877-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-64471-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-60599-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 523
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ecology
    Atmospheric Sciences
    Geoecology/Natural Processes
    Nature Conservation
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