(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Differences between recent and historical records of upper species limits in the northern European Alps

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SCHMIDTLEIN S. (1) ; FAUDE U. (2) ; RÖSSLER O. (3) ; FEILHAUER H. (4) ; EWALD J. (5) ; MEYN A. (6) ; SCHMIDT J. (1) ;
(1) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Karlsruhe, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Institute of Geography, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, ALLEMAGNE
(3) EFTAS Fernerkundung, Münster, ALLEMAGNE
(4) Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, Univ., Bern, SUISSE
(5) Faculty of Forestry, Univ. of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Freising, ALLEMAGNE
(6) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, ALLEMAGNE


The AA analyse the differences between recent (XXth –XXIth centuries and historical records (XIXth century)of upper species limits in the northern European Alps. During the recent survey, most species were found at higher elevations. Even though the differences fit well with the expected shifts due to climate warming they cannot exclude effects of sampling bias. The differences in upper limits between both surveys were significantly larger among forest species. The most important reason is probably discontinued pasture and mowing, which may have amplified possible warming effects. Nitrogen deposits may have contributed to this effect by placing competitive species in a more advantageous position


Article of periodic

published at : Erdkunde / ISSN 0014-0015

Editor : Boss, Kleve - ALLEMAGNE (1947)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 67, no4 [pp. 345-354]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 3 fig., 1 carte



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