Assessing The Impacts Of Climate Change On Lichens In The Indian Himalayan Region
The symbiotic association in lichens makes them one of the most unique organisms on the earth, capable of inhabiting the extreme environmental condition and pioneer habitats. Lichens are most effective and reliable indicators of ecosystem functioning, environmental conditions and are sensitive to a wide variety of environmental stressors like habitat destruction, air pollution and climate change. The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is considered as one of the most sensitive region for climate change as compared to other parts of Indian subcontinent. The high resolution regional climate models revealed that temperature and precipitation in the Himalayan region will continue to increase in future, and these changes are further likely to impact the distribution of various life forms including lichens. The goal of this work is to establishing baseline data on lichens diversity along altitudinal gradient for understanding the possible impacts of climate change. To achieve these objectives Wildlife Institute of India has launched a collaborative study with CSIR-NBRI (National Botanical Research Institute) in IHR.
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