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A general framework to quantify and compare ecological impacts under temporal dynamics
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  • Lara Volery,
  • Margarida Vaz,
  • Daniel Wegmann,
  • Sven Bacher
Lara Volery
University of Fribourg
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Margarida Vaz
University of Fribourg
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Daniel Wegmann
University of Fribourg
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Sven Bacher
University of Fribourg

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Biodiversity is diminishing at alarming rates due to multiple anthropogenic drivers. To mitigate these drivers, their impacts must be quantified accurately and comparably across drivers. To enable that, we present a generally applicable framework introducing fundamental principles of ecological impact quantification, including the quantification of interactions between multiple drivers. The framework contrasts biodiversity variables in impacted against those in unimpacted or other reference situations, while accounting for their temporal dynamics through modelling. Properly accounting for temporal dynamics reduces biases in impact quantification and comparison. The framework addresses key questions around ecological impacts in global change science, namely, how to compare impacts under temporal dynamics across stressors, how to account for stressor interactions in such comparisons, and how to compare the success of management actions over time.
17 Apr 2023Submitted to Ecology Letters
18 Apr 2023Submission Checks Completed
18 Apr 2023Assigned to Editor
18 Apr 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
19 Apr 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
20 May 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Major
23 Jun 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Jun 20231st Revision Received
26 Jun 2023Submission Checks Completed
26 Jun 2023Assigned to Editor
29 Jun 2023Editorial Decision: Accept