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Hot Issues - Climate Change

Provides selected resources related to climate change and invasive species.

Climate change

"Invasive alien species (IAS) and climate change, with land use change and changes in the nitrogen and carbon cycles, are identified as the top four drivers of global biodiversity loss. Their relative importance depends on the ecoregion being considered. Biodiversity loss is accelerating because of the globalization of trade and increased international tourism.

Climate change can facilitate IAS as:

  • new species, that may become invasive, will be entering regions due to climate change,
  • species hierarchies in ecosystems will change, leading to new dominants that may have invasive tendencies, and
  • climate induced stress in an ecosystem will facilitate invasive pathways." (Source: CABI 2010)

Selected Resources:

Note: ** Resource not focused on invasive species, but contains some invasive information.

Council or Task Force

ISAC White Paper: Invasive Species and Climate Change (Dec 2010; PDF | 88 KB)
National Invasive Species Council.
Approved by ISAC Dec 9, 2010

Bioinvasions in a Changing World: A Resource on Invasive Species-Climate Change Interactions for Conservation and Natural Resource Management (Dec 2014)
Prepared for: The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) and The National Invasive Species Council (NISC)
Prepared by: The Ad Hoc Working Group on Invasive Species and Climate Change. This report is the result of more than 2 years of hard work by federal and non-federal experts.

Climate Change and Invasive Species
Australian Invasive Species Council.


IUCN Issues Brief - Invasive Alien Species and Climate Change (Nov 2017)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Climate Change Reports **
USDA. Office of the Chief Economist.
Includes reports and various related resources providing a comprehensive syntheses of the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests.  Scientists from the Federal service, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, tribal lands and the private sector contributed to the national stakeholder workshops and the peer-reviewed studies.  The reports evaluate current conditions and look ahead to the next 25 to 100 years and the potential consequences of climate change.

Signature Programs: Climate Change and Pests
Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center.

Regional Invasive Species Climate Change (RISCC) Management Project
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Climate Change and Invasive Alien Species – CABI Working Paper (Nov 2010; PDF | 670 KB)
CAB International.

Review of the Literature on the Links Between Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (2009; PDF | 2.4 MB) **
Convention on Biological Diversity.

Invasive Species, Climate Change and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Addressing Multiple Drivers of Global Change (Sep 2010)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Published by: Global Invasive Species Programme
Separately, climate change and invasive species are two of the greatest threats to biodiversity and the ecosystem services upon which humanity relies. Combined their impacts will be compounded, potentially resulting in negative feedback loops with increasingly dire consequences. This publication from GISP highlights recent efforts to identify the underlying dynamics linking these two global change drivers and the optimal responses for the policy-making and research communities.

Federal Government

Climate Change **
USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
Provides resources for climate change programs (Federal and International based)

Southern Forest Futures Project **
USDA. Forest Service.

Climate Change and Invasive Plants in Forests and Rangelands
USDA. FS. Climate Change Resource Center.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options (CCAMMO) **
USDA. FS. Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center.

Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species and Implications for Management and Research (2008)
Environmental Protection Agency.
Final Report - EPA/600/R-08/014

International Government

Climate Change & Invasive Species: A Review of Interactions: November 2006 Workshop Report (May 2008; PDF | 4.6 MB)
Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Weeds and Climate Change
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia). AdaptNRM.


Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool: Invasive Plants and Animals
University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Climate Change Impacts on Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Basin (PDF | 353 KB)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Center for Water Policy.


Invasive Species & Climate Change
Climate Institute.

Scientific Articles and Book Chapters

Bellard, C., W. Thuiller, B. Leroy, P. Genovesi, M. Bakkenes, and F. Courchamp. 2013. Will climate change promote future invasions? Global Change Biology 19(12):3740-3748.

Dukes, J.S., and H.A. Mooney. 1999. Does global change increase the success of biological invaders? (PDF | 99 KB) Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14(4):135-139.

Dukes, J.S. 2011. Responses of invasive species to a changing climate and atmosphere (PDF | 757 KB). In: Richardson, D.M.  Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton. Wiley-Blackwell.

Hellmann, J.J., J.E. Byers, B.G. Bierwagen, and J.S. Dukes. 2008. Five potential consequences of climate change for invasive species. Conservation Biology 22(3):534-543.

Logan, J.A., J. Regniere, and J.A. Powell. 2003. Assessing the impacts of global warming on forest pest dynamics. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1(3):130-137.

Rahel, F.J., and J.D. Olden. 2008. Assessing the effects of climate change on aquatic invasive species (PDF | 629 KB). Conservation Biology 22(3):521-533.

Weed, A.S., M.P. Ayres, and J.A. Hicke. 2013. Consequences of climate change for biotic disturbances in North American forests (PDF | 4.3 MB). Ecological Monographs 83(4):441-470.

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