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Climate change drives expansion of Antarctic ice-free habitat

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, June 2017
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45 news outlets
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9 blogs
twitter
481 tweeters
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15 Facebook pages
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3 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor

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Title
Climate change drives expansion of Antarctic ice-free habitat
Published in
Nature, June 2017
DOI 10.1038/nature22996
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Authors

Jasmine R. Lee, Ben Raymond, Thomas J. Bracegirdle, Iadine Chadès, Richard A. Fuller, Justine D. Shaw, Aleks Terauds

Abstract

Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity occurs almost exclusively in ice-free areas that cover less than 1% of the continent. Climate change will alter the extent and configuration of ice-free areas, yet the distribution and severity of these effects remain unclear. Here we quantify the impact of twenty-first century climate change on ice-free areas under two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate forcing scenarios using temperature-index melt modelling. Under the strongest forcing scenario, ice-free areas could expand by over 17,000 km(2) by the end of the century, close to a 25% increase. Most of this expansion will occur in the Antarctic Peninsula, where a threefold increase in ice-free area could drastically change the availability and connectivity of biodiversity habitat. Isolated ice-free areas will coalesce, and while the effects on biodiversity are uncertain, we hypothesize that they could eventually lead to increasing regional-scale biotic homogenization, the extinction of less-competitive species and the spread of invasive species.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 158 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 21%
Researcher 34 21%
Student > Master 22 14%
Student > Bachelor 19 12%
Unspecified 14 9%
Other 37 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 43 27%
Environmental Science 36 23%
Unspecified 27 17%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 26 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Other 21 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 744. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 December 2018.
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#6,341
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Outputs from Nature
#1,014
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Outputs of similar age
#356
of 263,366 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#51
of 864 outputs
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