Improving plant functional groups for dynamic models of biodiversity: at the crossroads between functional and community ecology

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Title
Improving plant functional groups for dynamic models of biodiversity: at the crossroads between functional and community ecology
Journal
Global Change Biology
Author(s)
Boulangeat I., Philippe P., Abdulhak S., Douzet R., Garraud L., Lavergne S., Lavorel S., Van Es J., Vittoz P., Thuiller W.
ISSN
1354-1013
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
18
Number
11
Pages
3464-3475
Language
english
Abstract
The pace of on-going climate change calls for reliable plant biodiversity scenarios. Traditional dynamic vegetation models use plant functional types that are summarized to such an extent that they become meaningless for biodiversity scenarios. Hybrid dynamic vegetation models of intermediate complexity (hybrid-DVMs) have recently been developed to address this issue. These models, at the crossroads between phenomenological and process-based models, are able to involve an intermediate number of well-chosen plant functional groups (PFGs). The challenge is to build meaningful PFGs that are representative of plant biodiversity, and consistent with the parameters and processes of hybrid-DVMs. Here, we propose and test a framework based on few selected traits to define a limited number of PFGs, which are both representative of the diversity (functional and taxonomic) of the flora in the Ecrins National Park, and adapted to hybrid-DVMs. This new classification scheme, together with recent advances in vegetation modeling, constitutes a step forward for mechanistic biodiversity modeling.
Keywords
biodiversity scenarios, dynamic vegetation model, emergent groups, functional diversity, functional traits, hybrid model, plant functional groups, plant functional types
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