Climate Change and Thailand's Rainforest Biodiversity
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Climate Change

Climate Change and Thailand's Biodiversity Hotspots

The climate is changing in the rainforests of Thailand, but how will the plants and animals that call these biodiverse forests home cope with the coming changes? Help us find out.


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The facts

Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Almost 90% of the bird species in Thailand’s rainforests could become critically endangered or extinct due to the combined impacts of climate change and land use change.

Get in the field alongside researchers to help determine how climate change will impact areas of abundant biodiversity, and what we can do about it.

Humans have had an impact on almost every ecosystem on earth now, and few places exist where our footprints are not evident. Until recently, habitat degradation and habitat loss were the major threats to tropical and rainforest biodiversity, but this has now been overtaken by the impacts of climate change. The 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that 50% of Asia’s biodiversity is now at risk in some way.

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Many sets of eyes are needed to conduct bird surveys. Help researchers gather data on which species may be feeling the heat more than others.

Animals and plants that have adapted to particular climate niches face an interesting challenge. Cooler mountain temperatures are warming, and these animals and plants have to move to higher and higher elevations to stay within their preferred temperature zone. But what happens when they reach the top of the mountain, and there is nowhere left to go? The conservation of Thailand’s rainforest biodiversity must first start with a thorough understanding of these forest species ranges and population sizes. By joining this expedition, you aid in building this critical knowledge that will feed into our shared understanding of climate change impacts, species adaptations and resilience, and what mitigation measures we need to start preparing for.

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Khao Yai National Park and Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, Asia

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Steve
Williams
Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, James Cook University

ABOUT Steve Williams

Earthwatch researcher Professor Steve Williams investigates the impact of climate change on the wildlife and habitats of Australia’s Queensland Wet Tropics.

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