Climate change

We are in the midst of a climate crisis. Our climate system is undergoing a dramatic number of changes, many of which can be attributed to anthropogenic influences, including greenhouse gas emission-induced changes to global surface temperatures, precipitation, glacier mass loss, sea levels, salt intrusion, and ocean heat content.
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What we study

Our climate system is undergoing dramatic changes, many of which can be attributed to anthropogenic influences. These include greenhouse gas emission-induced changes to global surface temperatures, precipitation and Arctic snow melt dates. At NIOO, we use our expertise to understand the impact of climate change on biodiversity, and the capacity for natural systems to help mitigate climate change. We carry out laboratory experiments, large-scale mesocosm and population studies, comparative approaches, and predictive modelling.

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A selection of the most interesting papers linked to NIOO's Climate change theme:

  • KS Lourenço, OY de Assis Costa, H Cantarella, EE Kuramae. Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and fungal denitrifier diversity are associated with N2O production in tropical soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 166, 108563. link);
  • Ho, A., Reim, A., Kim, S.Y., Meima-Franke, M., Termorshuizen, A., de Boer, W., van der Putten, W.H. and Bodelier, P.L.E. (2015), Unexpected stimulation of soil methane uptake as emergent property of agricultural soils following bio-based residue application. Glob Change Biol, 21: 3864-3879. link);
  • Velthuis, M., Keuskamp, J., Bakker, E. S., Boersma, M., Sommer, U., van Donk, E., & van de Waal, D. B. (2022). Differential effects of elevated pCO2 and warming on marine phytoplankton stoichiometry. Limnology and Oceanography, 67(3), 598-607. link);
  • Aben, R. C., Velthuis, M., Kazanjian, G., Frenken, T., Peeters, E. T. H. M., van de Waal, D. B., Hilt, S., de Senerpont Domis, L., Lamers, L. P. M., & Kosten, S. (2022). Temperature response of aquatic greenhouse gas emissions differs between dominant plant types. Water Research, 226, [119251]. link)
  • A.S. Gsell, A. Biere, W. de Boer, I. de Bruijn, G. Eichhorn, T. Frenken, S.Geisen, H. van der Jeugd, K. Mason-Jones, A. Meisner, M.P. Thakur, E. van Donk, M.P. Zwart, D.B. Van de Waal (2023). Environmental refuges from disease in host-parasite interactions under global change. Ecology. link)
  • Zhan, Q., Teurlincx, S., van Herpen, F., Raman, N. V., Lürling, M., Waajen, G., & de Senerpont Domis, L. N. (2022). Towards climate-robust water quality management: Testing the efficacy of different eutrophication control measures during a heatwave in an urban canal. Science of the Total Environment, 828, [154421]. link);
  • Brandenburg, K. M., Krock, B., Klip, H. C. L., Sluijs, A., Garbeva, P., & Van de Waal, D. B. (2021). Intraspecific variation in multiple trait responses of Alexandrium ostenfeldii towards elevated pCO2. Harmful Algae, 101, [101970]. link)
  • Bailey, L.D., M. van de Pol, F. Adriaensen, A. Arct, E. Barba, P.E. Bellamy, S. Bonamour, J-C. Bouvier, M.D. Burgess, A. Charmantier, C. Cusimano, B. Doligez, S.M. Drobniak, A. Dubiec, M. Eens, T. Eeva, P.N. Ferns, A.E. Goodenough, I.R. Hartley, S.A. Hinsley, E. Ivankina, R. Juskaitis, B. Kempenaers, A.B. Kerimov, C. Lavigne, A. Leivits, M.C. Mainwaring, E. Matthysen, J-Å. Nilsson, M. Orell, S. Rytkönen, J.C. Senar, B.C. Sheldon, A. Sorace, M.J. Stenning, J. Török, K. van Oers, E. Vatka, S.J.G. Vriend & M.E. Visser 2022 Bird populations most exposed to climate change are less responsive to climatic variation. Nature Comm 13, 2112 link)  
  • 2Lameris, T. K., van der Jeugd, H. P., Eichhorn, G., Dokter, A. M., Bouten, W., Boom, M. P., Litvin, K. E., Ens, B. J., & Nolet, B. A. (2018) Arctic geese tune migration to a warming climate but still suffer from a phenological mismatch. Current Biology 28: 2467–2473. link)
  • Radchuk, V., T. Reed, C. Teplitsky, M. van de Pol, A. Charmantier, C. Hassal, P. Adamík, F. Adriaensen, M. Ahola, P. Arcese, J. M. Avilés, J. Balbontin, K.S. Berg, A. Borras, S. Burthe, J. Clobert, N. Dehnhard, F. de Lope, A.A. Dhondt, N.J. Dingemanse, H. Doi, T. Eeva, J. Fickel, I. Filella, F. Fossøy, A.E. Goodenough, S.J.G. Hall, B. Hansson, M. Harris, D. Hasselquist, T. Hickler, J. Joshi, H. Kharouba, J.G. Martínez, J-B. Mihoub, J.A. Mills, M. Molina-Morales, A. Moksnes, A. Ozgul, D. Parejo, P. Pilard, M. Poisbleau, F. Rousset, M-O. Rödel, D. Scott, J.C. Senar, C. Stefanescu, B.G. Stokke, K. Tamotsu, M. Tarka, C. Tarwater, K. Thonicke, J. Thorley, A. Wilting, P. Tryjanowski, J. Merilä, B. Sheldon, A.P. Møller, E. Matthysen, F. Janzen, S. Dobson, M.E. Visser, S.R. Beissinger, A. Courtiol & S. Kramer-Schadt 2019 Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient Nature Communications 10: 3109 link)
  • Van de Pol, M., S. Jenouvrier, J.H.C. Cornelissen & M.E. Visser 2017 Behavioural, ecological and evolutionary response to extreme climatic events: challenges and directions. Phil Trans R Soc B 372:20160134 link)
  • Visser, M.E., M. Lindner, P. Gienapp, M. Long & S. Jenouvrier 2021 Recent natural variability in global warming weakened phenological mismatch and selection on seasonal timing in great tits (Parus major) Proc R Soc B 288: 20211337 link)
  • Harvey, J. A., Tougeron, K., Gols, R., Heinen, R., Abarca, M., Abram, P. K., Basset, Y., Berg, M., Boggs, C., Brodeur, J., Cardoso, P., de Boer, J. G., De Snoo, G. R., Deacon, C., Dell, J. E., Desneux, N., Dillon, M. E., Duffy, G. A., Dyer, L. A., ... Chown, S. L. (2022). Scientists' warning on climate change and insects. Ecological Monographs, [e1553]. link)
  • Li, K., Veen, G. F., ten Hooven, F. C., Harvey, J. A., & van der Putten, W. H. (2022). Soil legacy effects of plants and drought on aboveground insects in native and range-expanding plant communities. Ecology Letters. link)
  • Yang, Q., Veen, G. F., Wagenaar, R., Manrubia, M., ten Hooven, F., & van der Putten, W. H. (2022). Temporal dynamics of range-expander and congeneric native plant responses during and after extreme drought events. Ecological Monographs, [e1529]. link)
  • Thakur, M. P., Risch, A. C., & van der Putten, W. H. (2022). Biotic responses to climate extremes in terrestrial ecosystems. iScience, 25(7), [104559]. link)
  • Zanne, A. E., Flores-Moreno, H., Powell, J. R., Cornwell, W. K., Dalling, J. W., Austin, A. T., Classen, A. T., Eggleton, P., Okada, K. I., Parr, C. L., Carol Adair, E., Adu-Bredu, S., Alam, M. A., Alvarez-Garzón, C., Apgaua, D., Aragón, R., Ardon, M., Arndt, S. K., Ashton, L. A., ... Zalamea, P. C. (2022). Termite sensitivity to temperature affects global wood decay rates. Science, 377(6613), 1440-1444. link) link)
  • Wilschut, R. A., De Long, J. R., Geisen, S., Hannula, S. E., Quist, C. W., Snoek, B., Steinauer, K., Wubs, E. R. J., Yang, Q., & Thakur, M. P. (2022). Combined effects of warming and drought on plant biomass depend on plant woodiness and community type: a meta-analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 289(1984), [20221178]. link)
  • Aagaard, A., Liu, S., Tregenza, T., Braad Lund, M., Schramm, A., Verhoeven, K. J. F., Bechsgaard, J., & Bilde, T. (2022). Adapting to climate with limited genetic diversity: Nucleotide, DNA methylation and microbiome variation among populations of the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola. Molecular Ecology. link)
  • Mason-Jones, K. E., Robinson, S. L., Veen, G. F., Manzoni, S., & van der Putten, W. H. (2022). Microbial storage and its implications for soil ecology. ISME Journal, 16, 617–629. link)


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