PerspectiveEcology

Microclimate shifts in a dynamic world

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Science  15 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6492, pp. 711-712
DOI: 10.1126/science.abc1245

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Changes in ecological functioning and biodiversity have accelerated in concert with climate warming (1). However, scientists base their knowledge of climate effects largely on temperature data measured in meteorological stations, which record free-air temperature (macroclimate) in controlled circumstances at more than a meter above short grassland. On page 772 of this issue, Zellweger et al. (2) use modeled understory microclimate dynamics to show that macroclimate changes do not always drive the ecology of Earth's biodiversity.

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