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dc.contributor.advisorLawler, Joshua Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorRinnan, Darwin Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-11T21:02:29Z
dc.date.available2015-05-11T21:02:29Z
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.otherRinnan_washington_0250O_14202.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/33247
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2015en_US
dc.description.abstractSignificant changes in climate over the coming century will affect different species in different ways. Understanding which species are most vulnerable to climate change is important for guiding conservation efforts and resource management decisions. We present a novel method for assessing vulnerability that quantifies both sensitivity --- the degree to which a given change in climate will affect a species --- and exposure --- how much climate change a species might experience in the near future. We applied our method to 400 species of plants, mammals, birds, and amphibians endemic to Western North America, and compared the results with three other methods that are currently used to assess different aspects of vulnerability. The results suggest certain species might be considerably more vulnerable than we currently recognize. Our method demonstrated robustness against inaccurate distribution data, and consistency across a broad range of spatial scales and different climate datasets. Our metrics also demonstrated the ability to identify vulnerable species while relying on minimal life history information, offering a method to determine which species to prioritize for future conservation actions when faced with a lack of data.en_US
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dc.rightsCopyright is held by the individual authors.en_US
dc.subjectclimate breadth; climate change; exposure; nonparametric; sensitivity; vulnerability assessmenten_US
dc.subject.otherEnvironmental scienceen_US
dc.subject.otherClimate changeen_US
dc.subject.otherWildlife conservationen_US
dc.subject.otherquantitative ecology and resource managementen_US
dc.titleQuantifying sensitivity and exposure to climate change in Western North American speciesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.embargo.termsOpen Accessen_US


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