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Determinants of island ecological complexity in the context of global change

Project description

All eyes on island ecosystems

Human-induced climate change causes global warming and biodiversity loss, sounding the alarm for many species and ecosystems. Islands, which make up around 30 % of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The vast majority (80 %) of reported extinctions involve island species. However, little is known about the species and the myriad of interactions among them. The EU-funded IslandLife project will fill this knowledge gap. Focusing on relatively undisturbed islands versus ones of similar size that have been affected by anthropogenic activities, it will shed light on the unique biodiversity of island ecosystems and assess their fragility to global change. This findings will deepen our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem interactions, and improve conservation efforts.

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 2 483 723,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00