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DOI 10.1038/sdata.2018.22
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) GlobTherm, a global database on thermal tolerances for aquatic and terrestrial organisms
Author Bennett, J.M.; Calosi, P.; Clusella-Trullas, S.; Martínez, B.; Sunday, J.; Algar, A.C.; Araújo, M.B.; Hawkins, B.A.; Keith, S.; Kühn, I. ORCID logo ; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, L.; Singer, A.; Villalobos, F.; Olalla-Tárraga, M.Á.; Morales-Castilla, I.
Source Titel Scientific Data
Year 2018
Department BZF; iDiv
Volume 5
Page From art. 180022
Language englisch
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Keywords niche conservatism; ecology
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Abstract How climate affects species distributions is a longstanding question receiving renewed interest owing to the need to predict the impacts of global warming on biodiversity. Is climate change forcing species to live near their critical thermal limits? Are these limits likely to change through natural selection? These and other important questions can be addressed with models relating geographical distributions of species with climate data, but inferences made with these models are highly contingent on non-climatic factors such as biotic interactions. Improved understanding of climate change effects on species will require extensive analysis of thermal physiological traits, but such data are both scarce and scattered. To overcome current limitations, we created the GlobTherm database. The database contains experimentally derived species’ thermal tolerance data currently comprising over 2,000 species of terrestrial, freshwater, intertidal and marine multicellular algae, plants, fungi, and animals. The GlobTherm database will be maintained and curated by iDiv with the aim to keep expanding it, and enable further investigations on the effects of climate on the distribution of life on Earth.
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Bennett, J.M., Calosi, P., Clusella-Trullas, S., Martínez, B., Sunday, J., Algar, A.C., Araújo, M.B., Hawkins, B.A., Keith, S., Kühn, I., Rahbek, C., Rodríguez, L., Singer, A., Villalobos, F., Olalla-Tárraga, M.Á., Morales-Castilla, I. (2018):
GlobTherm, a global database on thermal tolerances for aquatic and terrestrial organisms
Sci. Data 5 , art. 180022 10.1038/sdata.2018.22