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Do changes in the frequency, magnitude and timing of extreme climatic events threaten the population viability of coastal birds?

van de Pol, Martijn; Ens, Bruno J.; Heg, Dik; Brouwer, Lyanne; Krol, Johan; Maier, Martin; Exo, Klaus-Michael; Oosterbeek, Kees; Lok, Tamar; Eising, Corine M.; Koffijberg, Kees

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Climate change encompasses changes in both the means and the extremes of climatic variables, but the population consequences of the latter are intrinsically difficult to study. We investigated whether the frequency, magnitude and timing of rare but catastrophic flooding events have changed over time in Europe's largest estuary. Subsequently, we quantified how this has affected the flooding risk of six saltmarsh nesting bird species. We show that maximum high tide has increased twice as fast as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/61695
Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01842.x

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