Climate Change Impacts on Hydrological Niches of Restionaceae Species in Jonkershoek, South Africa

Danni Guo, Guy F. Midgley, Yoseph N. Araya, Jonathan Silvertown, Charles F. Musil

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Abstract

The Restionaceae species of the Fynbos biome is part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom is threatened by urbanization, agricultural expansion, groundwater extraction, and climate change. Therefore, it is necessary to assess and monitor the Restionaceae species under the impact of climate change. South Africa is a semi-arid environment, and hydrological factors are the main variables in the determination of species niches. This study investigates the microclimate at Jonkershoek, and examines the impact of climate change to the plant species distribution, thus creating shifts in the hydrological niche. This study generates its own unique microclimate hydrological datasets for modelling species niche. The Restionaceae species and their hydrological niche at the Jonkershoek study area are assessed under future climate change scenario, at a microclimatic level. It provided evidence regarding the importance of the study to understanding the climate change impacts on hydrological niche and on species richness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Hydrological Niche
  • Restionaceae
  • Fynbos Biome
  • Microclimate
  • Jonkershoek
  • South Africa

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