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Mechanisms matter: predicting the ecological impacts of global change

Boult, V. L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7572-5469 and Evans, L. C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8649-0589 (2021) Mechanisms matter: predicting the ecological impacts of global change. Global Change Biology. ISSN 1365-2486

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15527

Abstract/Summary

The ability of mechanistic models to reliably extrapolate to novel conditions could position them as the gold standard in understanding the impacts of global change, but exactly how mechanistic models can be used most effectively remains to be determined. In this issue, Desforges et al. present a mechanistic physiological model to understand the drivers of muskox population dynamics. We took this as an opportunity to discuss the potential for, and challenges of, using mechanistic models to predict ecological responses to environmental change.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:95787
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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