Ways to study past refugia

new-phytologist-cvrA New Phytologist paper, which emerged from a PAGES-supported meeting in the US in August 2012, addresses climate refugia, i.e. locations where taxa survive periods of regionally adverse climate, and reviews three major methods used to infer their existence.

Past refugia can help with identifying contemporary refugia and clarify their conservation significance by revealing more about the processes and locations that buffer species against rapidly changing climate.

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