This site provides a scenarios toolkit for lichen epiphytes in Scotland, allowing policy-makers, woodland managers and conservationists to make better informed decisions when it comes to planning for the future of our woodlands and their lichen epiphytes.
Estimated environmental suitability values are made available for 382 lichen epiphyte taxa, for a baseline climate and pollution regime (1961-2010), and for climate in the 2050s and 2080s under a lower SO2 environment. A correction factor can be used to down-scale to a local environmental suitability which is based on an epiphyte species’ association with different trees. This allows the user to combine a species exposure to climate change with changed woodland structure.
Using this toolkit allows decision-makers to incorporate lichen epiphyte diversity into forward planning, for example by exploring tree planting and stand management options over longer time-scales.
Please cite this toolkit as: Christopher J. ELLIS, Sally EATON, Marios THEODOROPOULOS, Brian J. COPPINS, Mark R.D. SEAWARD and Janet SIMKIN (2015) Lichen Epiphyte Scenarios – A Toolkit of Climate and Woodland Change for the 21st Century. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, United Kingdom.