BACI: 2015-2019


WP8 Implications for biodiversity research and monitoring

Lead: AU
Main Contact: Signe Normand

AU will lead WP8, which will focus on applications of BACI derived products to biodiversity research and monitoring. We will focus particularly on birds and plants, which are data-rich groups with a long history of monitoring. Further, they are expected to show distinct dynamics in the face of ecosystem change, with birds responding relatively quickly and plants slowly.


We will address questions such as:

  • Where are the hotspots of change in biodiversity of birds and plants, and are these hotspots predictable given patterns of ecosystem change detected by BACI products?
  • Can models of the distribution of individual species be improved by including derived remote sensing products?
  • To what extent is biological vulnerability (for example, centers of endemism and concentrations of threatened species) congruent with patterns of recent ecosystem change as detected by BACI?

Papers that were supported by this WP

1Buitenwerf, R., Sandel, B., Normand, S., Mimet, A., Svenning, J.-C. (2018). Land-surface greening suggests vigorous woody regrowth throughout European semi-natural vegetation. Global Change Biology, 24(12), 5789-5801. doi:10.1111/gcb.14451.
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2Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Wright, I. J., Lavorel, S., Dray, S., Reu, B., Kleyer, M., Wirth, C., Prentice, I. C., Garnier, E., Bönisch, G., Westoby, M., Poorter, H., Reich, P. B., Moles, A. T., Dickie, J., Gillison, A. N., Zanne, A. E., Chave, J., Wright, S. J., Sheremetev, S. N., Jactel, H., Baraloto, C., Cerabolini, B., Pierce, S., Shipley, B., Kirkup, D., Casanoves, F., Joswig, J., Günther, A., Falczuk, V., Rüger, N., Mahecha, M. D., Gorné, L. D. (2016). The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature, 529, 167-171. doi:10.1038/nature16489.
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3Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Kattge, J., Wirth, C., Black, T. A., Janssens, I., Knohl, A., Loustau, D., Roupsard, O., Varlagin, A., Rambal, S., Cescatti, A., Gianelle, D., Kondo, H., Tamrakar, R., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Stand age and species richness dampen interannual variation of ecosystem-level photosynthetic capacity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(2): 0048. doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0048.
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4Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., van de Weg, M. J., Kattge, J., Wohlfahrt, G., van Bodegom, P., Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Carrara, A., Domingues, T., Gavazzi, M., Gianelle, D., Gimeno, C., Granier, A., Gruening, C., Havránková, K., Herbst, M., Hrynkiw, C., Kalhori, A., Kaminski, T., Klumpp, K., Kolari, P., Longdoz, B., Minerbi, S., Montagnani, L., Moors, E., Oechel, W., Reich, P., Rohatyn, S., Rossi, A., Rotenberg, E., Varlagin, A., Wilkinson, M., Wirth, C., Mahecha, M. D. (2016). Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits. Ecology and Evolution, 6(20), 7352-7366. doi:10.1002/ece3.2479.
5Pellissier, V., Mimet, A., Fontaine, C., Svenning, J.-C., Couvet, D. (2017). Relative importance of the land-use composition and intensity for the bird community composition in anthropogenic landscapes. Ecology and Evolution, 7(24), 10513-10535. doi:10.1002/ece3.3534.