Bioclimatic analysis in a region of southern Italy (Calabria)

Caloiero, Tommaso and Callegari, Giovanni and Cantasano, Nicola and Coletta, Vittoria and Pellicone, Gaetano and Veltri, Antonella (2016) Bioclimatic analysis in a region of southern Italy (Calabria). Plant Biosystems, 150 (6). pp. 1282-1295. ISSN 1724-5575

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In this study, an analysis of precipitation and temperature data has been performed over 67 series observed in a region of southern Italy (Calabria). At first, to detect possible trends in the time series, an analysis was performed with the Mann–Kendall non-parametric test applied at monthly and seasonal scale. An additional investigation, useful for checking the climate change effects on vegetation, has also been included analysing bioclimatic indicators. In particular, Emberger, Rivas-Martinez and De Martonne indices were calculated by using monthly temperature and precipitation data in the period 1916–2010. The spatial pattern of the indices has been evaluated and, in order to link the vegetation and the indices,different indices maps have been intersected with the land cover data, given by the Corine Land Cover map. Moreover, the temporal evolution of the indices and of the vegetation has been analysed. Results suggest that climate change may be responsible for the forest cover change, but, given also the good relationship between the various types of bioclimate and forest formations, human activities must be considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bioclimatic indices, vegetation distribution, precipitation, temperature, trend analysis, southern Italy
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 570 Scienze della vita; Biologia > 577 Ecologia
Depositing User: Dr Nicola Cantasano
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 14:42
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 14:42

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