A group of biologists have demanded more resources for data collection, so they can fill in the missing pieces of biodiversity models which forecast ecological catastrophe.
Forecasting climate change’s effects on biodiversity hindered by lack of data
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An international group of biologists is calling for data collection on a global scale to improve forecasts of how climate change affects animals and plants.
Accurate model predictions can greatly aid efforts to protect biodiversity from disturbances such as climate change and urban sprawl by helping scientists and decision-makers better understand, anticipate and respond to threats that imperil species and ecosystems.
In a paper published in Science on Thursday (Sept. 8), biologists cite a critical lack of data on key biological mechanisms – such as how animals and plants spread during their lifetime and how they evolve in response to changes in the environment – as the main obstacle to improving models’ ability to forecast species’ response to climate change.
“This paper is a call to arms,” said Patrick Zollner, article co-author and Purdue associate professor of wildlife science. “The world is in dire circumstances. We’re losing a lot of species, and we’re largely unaware why. How do we need to rethink the kind of data we’re collecting so we can take advantage of modern modeling tools to understand the outcomes of climate change for ecological systems? This could help us forestall losing wildlife that we later deeply regret.” Read more ..
Here’s my concerns, first, – there’s no climate change (man made global warming)! And, if they lack all that data, how do they know there’s a problem? This is just the same old, same old leftist, “green” dishonest activists pretending to be scientists totally unable to even begin to grasp the lack of logic in their own arguments. By the way, they have still not listed any specie that has gone extinct, isn’t that special when they at the same time claim the rate of extinction is at an alarming rate .. Logic doesn’t work for leftists!