Lecturer: Dirk Karger, WSL
Climate is one of the main drivers of the distribution of biodiversity globally. The interaction between the abiotic environment and the biosphere is intriguing, but still not fully understand. Yet most studies investigating biodiversity rely on climatic information of some sort. Unfortunately, we are still severely limited in the amount of climatic data that is available to accurately describe climate – biodiversity interactions. Here I will present new developments with regards to eco-climatic modelling and present several applications in which new climatic data can help better understanding biotic communities. In particular the focus will be on how high resolution climatic data since the last glacial maximum can help understanding biodiversity dynamics, how recent climate change has influenced the global treeline, and how newly available climate layers can help understanding the biodiversity losses in the worlds mountain cloud forests.