Title

Locations in South America Where Amphibians Will Likely be Negatively Impacted by Climate Change

Presenter Information

Patricia HarrisFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Haluk Cetin

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this study was to map the regions of South America that are expected to experience a decline in the number of amphibian species present due to climate change by the year 2050. This study was conducted through the use of a geographic information system (GIS) in which the following datasets from ArcGIS Online were utilized: Number of Globally Threatened Amphibian Species, World Temperature Change 2050 Scenario 8.5, World Precipitation Change 2050 Scenario 8.5, and a map of South American countries. These layers were overlayed on top of each other and given a transparency of 50%. This allowed the researcher to see how the different factors would overlap and ultimately have an effect on amphibian species. GIS was a valuable tool for this study because it allowed the researcher to discover that the South American countries of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia could experience the greatest decline in amphibian species by the year 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to use throughout the 21st century.

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Locations in South America Where Amphibians Will Likely be Negatively Impacted by Climate Change

The purpose of this study was to map the regions of South America that are expected to experience a decline in the number of amphibian species present due to climate change by the year 2050. This study was conducted through the use of a geographic information system (GIS) in which the following datasets from ArcGIS Online were utilized: Number of Globally Threatened Amphibian Species, World Temperature Change 2050 Scenario 8.5, World Precipitation Change 2050 Scenario 8.5, and a map of South American countries. These layers were overlayed on top of each other and given a transparency of 50%. This allowed the researcher to see how the different factors would overlap and ultimately have an effect on amphibian species. GIS was a valuable tool for this study because it allowed the researcher to discover that the South American countries of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia could experience the greatest decline in amphibian species by the year 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to use throughout the 21st century.