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Climatic Risk and Distribution Atlas of European Bumblebees

Distribution Atlas

Series: BioRisk Volume: 10

By: Pierre Rasmont (Author), Markus Franzén (Author), Thomas Lecocq (Author), Alexander Harpke (Author), Stuart PM Roberts (Author), Jacobus C Biesmeijer (Author), Leopold Castro (Author), Björn Cederberg (Author), Libor Dvořák (Author), Úna Fitzpatrick (Author), Yves Gonseth (Author), Éric Haubruge (Author), Gilles Mahé (Author), Aulo Manino (Author), Denis Michez (Author), Johann Neumayer (Author), Frode Ødegaard (Author), Juho Paukkunen (Author), Tadeusz Pawlikowski (Author), Simon G Potts (Author), Menno Reemer (Author), Josef Settele (Author), Jakub Straka (Author), Oliver Schweiger (Author)

236 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, colour tables

Pensoft Publishers

Hardback | Feb 2015 | #222790 | ISBN-13: 9789546427687
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NHBS Price: £58.50 $72/€66 approx

About this book

Bumblebees represent one of the most important groups of pollinators. In addition to their ecological and economic relevance, they are also a highly charismatic group which can help to increase the interest of people in realizing, enjoying and conserving natural systems. However, like most animals, bumblebees are sensitive to climate. In Climatic Risk and Distribution Atlas of European Bumblebees, maps depicting potential risks of climate change for bumblebees are shown together with informative summary statistics, ecological background information and a picture of each European species.

Thanks to the EU FP7 project STEP, the authors gathered over one million bumblebee records from all over Europe. Based on these data, they modelled the current climatic niche for almost all European species (56 species) and projected future climatically suitable conditions using three climate change scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100. While under a moderate change scenario only 3 species are projected to be at the verge of extinction by 2100, 14 species are at high risk under an intermediate change scenario. Under a most severe change scenario as many as 25 species are projected to lose almost all of their climatically suitable area, while a total of 53 species (77% of the 69 European species) would lose the main part of their suitable area.

Climatic risks for bumblebees can be extremely high, depending on the future development of human society, and the corresponding effects on the climate. Strong mitigation strategies are needed to preserve this important species group and to ensure the sustainable provision of pollination services, to which they considerably contribute.


1. Table of contents   5
2. Acknowledgements   6
3. Foreword   7
4. Context   8
5. Introduction   11
6. Methodology   13
7. Checklist of the European bumblebee species   27
8. Climatic risks of European bumblebees   30
9. Non-modelled European bumblebee species   144
10. General patterns of future risk   152
11. Methodological limitations   159
12. Taxonomic issues   169
13. Climate change and bumblebee conservation   173
14. Conclusions   179
15. References   181
16. Appendices   199
17. Distribution maps of West-Palaearctic bumblebees   212
18. Summary   234
19. List of authors   236

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