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A micro-scale perspective on alpine floras under climate change. Linking observations and models to improve our understanding of the future of European high mountain plants

Project description

Researching the effect of microclimatic refugia on Alpine flora biodiversity

The role of microclimatic refugia in moderating the response of biodiversity to climate change is under intense study today. It implies that the real impact of global warming can vary, depending on ecosystem or region specifics. Concerning the alpine flora, however, there are two opposing possibilities today: a massive loss of cold-adapted plants due to the increased heat or low consequences thanks to the microclimatic refugia effect in the topographically complex alpine terrain. The EU-funded MICROCLIM project will evaluate the evidence for these different probabilities by linking their aspects in a monitoring and predictive modelling framework of alpine plant distribution. This innovative framework will be developed and employed to evaluate the proposed rescue effect of microclimatic variation in alpine terrains.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-ADG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 002 653,75

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 2 002 653,75
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 128 158,75
Address
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-platz 2
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 362 982,50
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments