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Global warming has driven Europe's mountain plants to migrate 2.7 meters upwards in 7 years
Date:4/25/2012

f Europe. In general, moist-soil species are more vulnerable to climate change, though high-mountain endemic species are also affected."For example, in Sierra Nevada, the observation plots revealed a decrease in the number of emblematic species such as Androsacevitalianasubsp. Nevadensis and Plantagonivalisy Artemisia granatensis", the University of Granada professor, Joaqun Molero Mesa, explains.

Another Sampling Site

Sierra Nevada has very special characteristics, as it is the only mountain range in the Iberian Peninsula that has Mediterranean climate from top to the hill foot. Consequently, the research group coordinated by professor Molero Mesa with the special collaboration of M Rosa Fernndez Calzado placed another sampling site (four summits located at an elevation above 2500m high) in 2005. The purpose was to increase the sample size and obtain more reliable results. In two years, a comparative study of the results obtained in the first and second study will be conducted.

Thus, Sierra Nevada is the only mountain range with two target regions under observation. The research group is coordinated with the Observatorio de Cambio Global de Sierra Nevada, and has established in collaboration with a research group from Morocco another target region in the high Western Atlas, where observation plots and thermometers will be installed next summer. The purpose of this action is to better understand climate and species variations in the most vulnerable environment: the Mediterranean region.


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Contact: Joaqun Molero Mesa. Universiy of Granada
jmolero@ugr.es
0034-958-243-916
University of Granada
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