|This alpine species (Nevadensia purpurea) could disappear from some European mountains in the next few decades [Credit: Harald Pauli]|
|“We did not expect to find such a significant change in such a short space of time,” said Michael Gottfried, lead author of the study [Credit: Verena Schaeffer]|
The study, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world, confirmed that there is a direct link between growing summer temperature and the shift in alpine plant composition. "While regional studies have previously made this link, this is the first time it has been shown on a continental scale," said Gottfried.
|All 32 authors involved in the study used the same sampling procedures enabling pan-continental comparisons to be made for the first time, here at the Austrian Hochschwab mountains [Credit: Harald Pauli]|
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