Climate driven species redistributions are having huge effects in ecosystems, on human well-being and even for climate itself (Pecl et al., 2017). Our current research shows that the early detection of out-of-range species are an indication of climate-driven range shifts. Our research team will continue to promote Redmap Australia to communicate and engage the public to report unusual species. Redmap has been running since 2009 and has demonstrated huge value in ecological monitoring of species potentially affected by climate change and public education surrounding this. For example, these data are used to provide an early warning system of potential research and to then direct necessary research into these areas; to help with detailed examination of particular observations and interesting biological phenomena; as well as underpinning socio-ecological studies on engaging the community with climate change.
Our research is useful to various resource managers and researchers, therefore integrating this prediction or early warning system into environmental and resource management plans would be beneficial for both local economies and ecosystems.
Pecl, GT et al., 2017, 'Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being', Science, vol. 355, no. 6332, p. eaai9214.