Michael D. Morecroft
Natural England
100Publications
33H-index
3,715Citations
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Forest Ecology and Management 3.17
Syed Adnan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Cambridge),
Matti Maltamo39
Estimated H-index: 39
(University of Eastern Finland)
+ 6 AuthorsRubén Valbuena11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Cambridge)
Reliable assessment of forest structural types (FSTs) aids sustainable forest management. We developed a methodology for the identification of FSTs using airborne laser scanning (ALS), and demonstrate its generality by applying it to forests from Boreal, Mediterranean and Atlantic biogeographical regions. First, hierarchal clustering analysis (HCA) was applied and clusters (FSTs) were determined in coniferous and deciduous forests using four forest structural variables obtained from forest inven...
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Published on Aug 1, 2018in Nature Climate Change 19.18
Andrew J. Suggitt7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Exeter),
Robert J. Wilson30
Estimated H-index: 30
(University of Exeter)
+ 12 AuthorsRichard Fox28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Butterfly Conservation)
Protecting biodiversity against the impacts of climate change requires effective conservation strategies that safeguard species at risk of extinction1. Microrefugia allowed populations to survive adverse climatic conditions in the past2,3, but their potential to reduce extinction risk from anthropogenic warming is poorly understood3–5, hindering our capacity to develop robust in situ measures to adapt conservation to climate change6. Here, we show that microclimatic heterogeneity has strongly bu...
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Published on Jul 1, 2018in Global Ecology and Biogeography 5.96
James A. Lutz14
Estimated H-index: 14
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Tucker J. Furniss5
Estimated H-index: 5
+ 95 AuthorsKendall M. L. Becker4
Estimated H-index: 4
Aim: To examine the contribution of large-diameter trees to biomass, stand structure, and species richness across forest biomes. Location: Global. Time period: Early 21st century. Major taxa studied: Woody plants. Methods: We examined the contribution of large trees to forest density, richness and biomass using a global network of 48 large (from 2 to 60 ha) forest plots representing 5,601,473 stems across 9,298 species and 210 plant families. This contribution was assessed using three metrics: t...
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Published on Jun 1, 2017in Global Change Biology 9.00
Tom H. Oliver26
Estimated H-index: 26
(University of Reading),
Simon Gillings23
Estimated H-index: 23
(British Trust for Ornithology)
+ 5 AuthorsDavid B. Roy57
Estimated H-index: 57
Climate change is increasingly altering the composition of ecological communities, in combination with other environmental pressures such as high-intensity land use. Pressures are expected to interact in their effects, but the extent to which intensive human land use constrains community responses to climate change is currently unclear. A generic indicator of climate change impact, the community temperature index (CTI), has previously been used to suggest that both bird and butterflies are succe...
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Published on Nov 1, 2017in Oikos 3.71
Andrew J. Suggitt7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of York),
Philip J. Platts17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of York)
+ 21 AuthorsAnna B. Harper12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Exeter)
Although the number of studies discerning the impact of climate change on ecological systems continues to increase, there has been relatively little sharing of the lessons learnt when accumulating this evidence. At a recent workshop entitled ‘Using climate data in ecological research’ held at the UK Met Office, ecologists and climate scientists came together to discuss the robust analysis of climate data in ecology. The discussions identified three common pitfalls encountered by ecologists: 1) s...
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Published on Sep 1, 2017in Biological Conservation 4.66
Jamie Alison4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Liverpool),
Simon J. Duffield5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Natural England)
+ 2 AuthorsJenny A. Hodgson19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Liverpool)
Abstract Restoring intensive agricultural fields to species-rich semi-natural grassland could have profound effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, only a minority of European agri-environment scheme funding is currently devoted to such measures (
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Published on Sep 1, 2017in Biological Conservation 4.66
James W. Pearce-Higgins27
Estimated H-index: 27
(University of Cambridge),
Colin M. Beale21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of York)
+ 20 AuthorsMalcolm Ausden10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
It is important for conservationists to be able to assess the risks that climate change poses to species, in order to inform decision making. Using standardised and repeatable methods, we present a national-scale assessment of the risks of range loss and opportunities for range expansion that climate change could pose for over 3000 plants and animals. Species were selected by their occurrence in England, the primary focus of the study, but climate change impacts were assessed across Great Britai...
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Juheon Lee2
Estimated H-index: 2
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David A. Coomes53
Estimated H-index: 53
+ 6 AuthorsMichael D. Morecroft33
Estimated H-index: 33
Recognising individual trees within remotely sensed imagery has important applications in forest ecology and management. Several algorithms for tree delineation have been suggested, mostly based on locating local maxima or inverted basins in raster canopy height models (CHMs) derived from Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) data or photographs. However, these algorithms often lead to inaccurate estimates of forest stand characteristics due to the limited information content of raster CHMs. Here ...
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Juheon Lee2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Cambridge),
Xiaohao Cai8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Cambridge)
+ 6 AuthorsDavid A. Coomes53
Estimated H-index: 53
(University of Cambridge)
Remote sensing of individual tree species has many applications in resource management, biodiversity assessment, and conservation. Airborne remote sensing using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and hyperspectral sensors has been used extensively to extract biophysical traits of vegetation and to detect species. However, its application for individual tree mapping remains limited due to the technical challenges of precise coalignment of images acquired from different sensors and accurately del...
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Published on Sep 1, 2016in Ecological Indicators 3.98
Dt Monteith31
Estimated H-index: 31
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Peter A. Henrys17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 23 AuthorsVictoria Bowmaker2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Natural Resources Wales)
We characterised temporal trends and variability in key indicators of climate and atmospheric deposition chemistry at the twelve terrestrial UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) sites over the first two decades of ECN monitoring (1993–2012) using various statistical approaches. Mean air temperatures for the monitoring period were approximately 0.7 °C higher than those modelled for 1961–1990, but there was little evidence for significant change in air temperature over either the full monthly rec...
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