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IN THIS ISSUE Cite as follows: Osborne, Bruce 2010 In this issue. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 110B, iii–iv; DOI: 10.3318/BIOE. 2010.110.1.iii. PREDICTING OUR FUTURE VEGETATION COVER Many models now consistently predict that European temperatures will steadily increase over the twenty-first century, although the magnitude of these increases will depend on future greenhouse gas emissions. While further refinement of these models is required, two of the big questions are what will the impact of these temperature increases be and how can we deal with it? Ian Woodward and colleagues’ Praeger Review (pp. 1–16) shows that a warming scenario for Ireland will most likely result in temperatures increasing by 1–7°C. Interestingly, however, this will have a positive influence on vegetation productivity, so Ireland as a whole may become a significant sink for carbon. On the negative side, we are likely to see an increase in alien species, with an expected deleterious impact on ecosystem goods and services. It is clear from these predictions and current studies that future research should pay more attention to the potential impacts of alien species, their vectors and pathways of introduction as well as methods for control or eradication. While similar sites may http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Royal Irish Academy

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Royal Irish Academy
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Copyright © 2010 RIA
ISSN
0791-7945
eISSN
2009-003X
DOI
10.3318/BIOE.2010.110.1.iii
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Cite as follows: Osborne, Bruce 2010 In this issue. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 110B, iii–iv; DOI: 10.3318/BIOE. 2010.110.1.iii. PREDICTING OUR FUTURE VEGETATION COVER Many models now consistently predict that European temperatures will steadily increase over the twenty-first century, although the magnitude of these increases will depend on future greenhouse gas emissions. While further refinement of these models is required, two of the big questions are what will the impact of these temperature increases be and how can we deal with it? Ian Woodward and colleagues’ Praeger Review (pp. 1–16) shows that a warming scenario for Ireland will most likely result in temperatures increasing by 1–7°C. Interestingly, however, this will have a positive influence on vegetation productivity, so Ireland as a whole may become a significant sink for carbon. On the negative side, we are likely to see an increase in alien species, with an expected deleterious impact on ecosystem goods and services. It is clear from these predictions and current studies that future research should pay more attention to the potential impacts of alien species, their vectors and pathways of introduction as well as methods for control or eradication. While similar sites may

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Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish AcademyRoyal Irish Academy

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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