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Tropical mountains as natural laboratories to study global changes: A long-term ecological research project in a megadiverse biodiversity hotspot

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Silveira, Fernando A. O. [1] ; Barbosa, Milton [2] ; Beiroz, Wallace [2] ; Callisto, Marcos [2] ; Macedo, Diego R. [3] ; Cerdeira Morellato, Leonor Patricia [4] ; Neves, Frederico S. [2] ; Nunes, Yule R. F. [5] ; Solar, Ricardo R. [2] ; Wilson Fernandes, G. [2]
Total Authors: 10
[1] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, Dept Bot, Av Antonio Carlos 6627, BR-31270901 Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, Dept Genet, Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, Dept Geog, Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[4] Univ Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Inst Biociencias, Dept Bot, Lab Fenol Rio Claro, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[5] Univ Estadual Montes Claros, Dept Biol Geral, Montes Claros, MG - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Campo rupestre is a megadiverse vegetation mosaic dominating one of the world's geologically oldest tropical mountains. The campo rupestre hosts nearly 15% of Brazil's flora, with 40% of endemism in an area smaller than 1% of the national territory. Here, we summarize and explain the rationale underlying the long-term ecological research at Serra do cipo (LTER-CRSC), in southeastern Brazil. The LTER-CRSC is a multi-taxa monitoring initiative focused on ecological patterns and processes along elevational gradients. We explain the standardized sampling methods of the LTER-CRSC and provide original data on climate, soil, and biodiversity along an elevational gradient. In our view, the LTER-CRSC offers a remarkable opportunity to improve predictions on how global change drivers affect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in tropical, snow-free mountains. Our ultimate goal is to integrate the data from this study into a growing database from global mountain assessment networks and LTERs. We hope this initiative will stimulate collaboration and lead to further LTER sites being established in tropical mountains. Such efforts are needed as a basis for scientifically-based policy making, especially aimed at mitigating the effects of global change on tropical biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/52113-5 - e-phenology: the application of new technologies to monitor plant phenology and track climate changes in the tropics
Grantee:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Regular Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/50155-0 - Combining new technologies to monitor phenology from leaves to ecosystems
Grantee:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - University-Industry Cooperative Research (PITE)
FAPESP's process: 09/54208-6 - Multi-User Centralized Laboratory at the São Paulo State University Center for Biodiversity Studies
Grantee:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Support type: Multi-user Equipment Program
FAPESP's process: 10/51307-0 - Floristic diversity and seasonal patterns of rupestrian fields and cerrado
Grantee:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Support type: Research Grants - Research Partnership for Technological Innovation - PITE