Using soil moisture and biophysical models to identify habitat-specific species refuges in response to climate change

Date: 06, Jul, 2021
Author(s): Michael Kearney  
Publisher: TSR HUB

The persistence of many threatened species under climate change will depend on their ability to exploit habitat patches that can support resilient populations. These refuges are shifting with the changing climate, providing food sources during hard times as well as providing protection against warming, drying climate conditions and other threats such as predators and disease.

We looked at shifting refuges of different kinds used or potentially used by the plains mouse, the night parrot and the growling grass frog, and used soil moisture modelling and biophysical modelling to
advance our understanding of such refuges, and what makes the refuges viable for the species.