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Distribution Pattern of Vascular Plant Species of Mountains in Nepal and their Fate Against Global Warming
Suresh Chandra SUBEDI; KhemRaj BHATTARAI; Ram Prasad CHAUUDHARY
Corresponding AuthorSuresh Chandra SUBEDI
2015-11
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
ISSN1672-6316
Volume12Issue:6Pages:1345-1354
Subtype期刊论文
AbstractThis study aims to find the altitudinal distribution pattern of vascular plant species reported from high mountain of Nepal (Manang) along the whole Himalayan elevation gradient, and evaluate their fate against climate change. Data was gathered from multiple sources, field investigations, literatures, and herbarium specimens. Altogether, 303 vascular plant species were reported from Manang. We used a published data to calculate distribution range of each species by interpolating between its upper and lower elevation limits. The relationship between elevation and species richness is elucidated by generalized linear model. The consequence of global warming upon Manang's vascular plant species was estimated based on projected temperature change for next century and adiabatic lapse rate along the elevation gradient of the Himalayas. The vascular plant species richness has a unimodel relationship with elevation along the whole elevation gradient of Nepal as well as in three biogeographical regions of Nepal. Vascular plants of Manang are found distributed from low land Terai to high alpine regions of Nepal and their elevation distribution range varies from 200 to 4700 m. Out of 303 vascular plants of Manang, only seven species might be affected if temperature increase by 1.5°C, whereas at least 70 species will be affected with 5°C temperature increased. However, the majority of species (233 species) have wider distribution range (> 1000 m) and more than 5°C temperature tolerance range, thus they are likely to be less affected from global warming by the end of 21st century.
KeywordMountain Nepal Himalayas Elevation Distribution Range Global Warming Temperature Tolerance Range Manang
DOI10.1007/s11629-015-3495-9
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/11039
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2015_Vol12 No.6
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Suresh Chandra SUBEDI,KhemRaj BHATTARAI,Ram Prasad CHAUUDHARY. Distribution Pattern of Vascular Plant Species of Mountains in Nepal and their Fate Against Global Warming[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2015,12(6):1345-1354.
APA Suresh Chandra SUBEDI,KhemRaj BHATTARAI,&Ram Prasad CHAUUDHARY.(2015).Distribution Pattern of Vascular Plant Species of Mountains in Nepal and their Fate Against Global Warming.Journal of Mountain Science,12(6),1345-1354.
MLA Suresh Chandra SUBEDI,et al."Distribution Pattern of Vascular Plant Species of Mountains in Nepal and their Fate Against Global Warming".Journal of Mountain Science 12.6(2015):1345-1354.
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