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Title: Temporary freshwater rockpools as sentinel systems for climate change
Authors: Lanfranco, Sandro
Sammut, Sheryl
Briffa, Kelly
Galea, Lara
Grima, Claire
Keywords: Aquatic plants -- Climatic factors
Freshwater ecology
Freshwater plants -- Climatic factors
Hydrologic cycle
Climatic changes
Issue Date: 2014-11
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of Biology
Citation: Lanfranco, S., Sammut, S., Briffa, K., Galea, L., & Grima, C. (2014). Temporary freshwater rockpools as sentinel systems for climate change. Poster and Abstract presented at 1st ClimMani Workshop, COST Action ES1308, Aveiro, 1-2.
Abstract: Temporary freshwater rockpools are seasonal bodies of rainwater that accumulate in small solution hollows in karstified limestone landscapes. These pools support a relatively simple community of specialised aquatic flowering plants and macroalgae during the wet season, and may be colonised by opportunistic terrestrial plants during the dry season. The wet-season species may be categorised into hydrophytes, amphiphytes and terriphytes, according to their predominant ecological strategy. The small size of these pools and short life-cycles of the resident species suggest that these habitats would exhibit population and community-level responses to climatic change that would be relatively rapid compared to those observed in larger wetlands.
Description: A poster presentation is available with the conference abstract
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