Ecoregion Redistribution Under Climate Change

  • Robert G. Bailey


Ecoregions are large, regional scale ecosystems—such as the Sonoran Desert. These regions are primarily defined by climatic conditions and on the prevailing plant formations determined by those conditions. Climate, as a source of energy and water, acts as the primary control for ecosystem distribution, including ecoregions. As climate changes, so do ecosystems, as a petrified forest lying in a desert attests (Fig. 8.1). With recognition that climate is a principal controlling factor for ecosystems, there exists a need to study potential climatic change in terms of its ramifications for the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Knowing where ecological shifts will most likely occur and consequences associated with such shifts are prerequisite to the evaluation of these changes in terms of development and resource management decisions.


Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Sonoran Desert Climate Classification Potential Climatic Change Glacial Advance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceFort CollinsUSA

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