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dc.contributor.authorF. Laurance, Wiliamen_US
dc.contributor.authorDell, Bernarden_US
dc.contributor.authorTurton, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorJ. Lawes, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorHutley, Lindsayen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcCallum, Hamishen_US
dc.contributor.authorDale, Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBird, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorHardy, Giles E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPrideaux, Gavinen_US
dc.contributor.authorGawne, Benen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Cliveen_US
dc.contributor.authorYu, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.authorHero, Jean-Marcen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchwarzkopf, Linen_US
dc.contributor.authorKrockenberger, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.authorA. Setterfield, Samanthaen_US
dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorSilvester, Ewenen_US
dc.contributor.authorMahony, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorVella, Karenen_US
dc.contributor.authorSaikia, Udoyen_US
dc.contributor.authorWahren, Carl-Henriken_US
dc.contributor.authorXu, Zhihongen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Bradleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorCocklin, Chrisen_US
dc.description.abstractWe identify the 10 major terrestrial and marine ecosystems in Australia most vulnerable to tipping points, in which modest environmental changes can cause disproportionately large changes in ecosystem properties. To accomplish this we independently surveyed the coauthors of this paper to produce a list of candidate ecosystems, and then refined this list during a 2-day workshop. The list includes (1) elevationally restricted mountain ecosystems, (2) tropical savannas, (3) coastal floodplains and wetlands, (4) coral reefs, (5) drier rainforests, (6) wetlands and floodplains in the Murray-Darling Basin, (7) the Mediterranean ecosystems of southwestern Australia, (8) offshore islands, (9) temperate eucalypt forests, and (10) salt marshes and mangroves. Some of these ecosystems are vulnerable to widespread phase-changes that could fundamentally alter ecosystem properties such as habitat structure, species composition, fire regimes, or carbon storage. Others appear susceptible to major changes across only part of their geographic range, whereas yet others are susceptible to a large-scale decline of key biotic components, such as small mammals or stream-dwelling amphibians. For each ecosystem we consider the intrinsic features and external drivers that render it susceptible to tipping points, and identify subtypes of the ecosystem that we deem to be especially vulnerable.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBiological Conservationen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.titleThe 10 Australian ecosystems most vulnerable to tipping pointsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
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