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We need more realistic climate change experiments for understanding ecosystems of the future.

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Summary of "We need more realistic climate change experiments for understanding ecosystems of the future."

Experiments that alter local climate and measure community- and ecosystem-level responses are an important tool for understanding how future ecosystems will respond to climate change. Here, we synthesized data from 76 studies that manipulated climate and measured plant community responses, and find that most climate change experiments do not correspond to model-projected climate scenarios for their respective regions. This mismatch constrains our ability to predict responses of plant biodiversity and ecosystem functions to climate change, and we conclude with suggestions for a way forward. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Name: Global change biology
ISSN: 1365-2486
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