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Coastal4cast - Linking habitat heterogeneity with physiology and metapopulation structure to forecast effects of climate change on continental scales

Coastal4cast - Linking habitat heterogeneity with physiology and metapopulation structure to forecast effects of climate change on continental scales

The aim of this project is to develop robust methods for forecasting the effects of climate change across multiple key species and at continental scales.

We are using a macro-biogeographic approach to understand how the distribution of macrohabitats determines metapopulation and metacommunity structure and change on continental scales. We will gather environmental data from our network of biomimetic sensors already deployed along the study area (from Algarve to Scotland) in combination with rapid geomorphological surveys to identify thermal refugia. Then, we will validate multi-species models with historical biogeography, using historical oceanography to hindcast patterns of biodiversity in the coastal zone over 20 degrees of latitude during the past 50-150 years.

Team
Principal Investigator
Fernando Pádua Silva e Lima

Fernando Pádua Silva e Lima

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
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Researchers
António Emilio Ferrand de Almeida Múrias dos Santos

António Emilio Ferrand de Almeida Múrias dos Santos

Position: Assistant Professor
Groups:
HUMANEVOL, MarChange
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Rui Seabra

Rui Seabra

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
MarChange
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Other members
David Sunderland Wethey
State
Concluded
Proponent Institution
Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares - Porto (ICETA-Porto/UP)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2012 (Duration: 3 years)
Reference
FCT (PTDC/MAR/117568/2010)
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