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BICCO-Net: Biological Impacts of Climate Change Observation Network. Phase II - WC1037

The aim of this project is to develop the work undertaken in WC0720 Establishing Bicco-Net: the biodiversity impacts of climate change observation network, by updating and further collation and analysis of datasets to identify and demonstrate climate change impacts on biodiversity. Outputs from the project should provide high quality evidence about climate change impacts on terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that can be used by policy advisers, decision-makers, conservation practitioners and other stakeholders to understand impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and in developing and assessing adaptation strategies to protect and enhance biodiversity in the UK. This will help meet commitments to reduce pressures on biodiversity in Biodiversity 2020, commitments to increase the evidence base in the National Adaptation Programme and provide evidence for the next Climate Change Risk Assessment in 2017, as required under the Climate Change Act..
In particular, the project aims to expand the habitat and taxonomic scope of the analyses, develop and evaluate potential UK and country indicators of climate change impacts on biodiversity and climate change adaptation, and provide further analysis of impacts and adaptive responses by different taxa to climate change. The project will continue to update the Bicco-Net web pages and continue building partnerships between biodiversity data providers and climate change researchers. Active participation with a parallel Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) project to develop Climate Change Report Cards for water and biodiversity is involved.
The successful contractors will be expected to participate in the LWEC project, to develop Climate Change Report Cards, similar to the Marine Report Card. This project will develop two report cards, one for biodiversity and one for fresh water, which may include impacts on freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems. Clearly there will be a need to avoid duplication as well as maximising opportunities to feed the research from Bicco-Net into each report card. The successful contractors will be required to attend the Report Card meetings, engage fully and suggest and provide evidence for inclusion in the report cards as well as any underpinning data.
There are timing issues associated with bringing the LWEC Report Card and Bicco-Net II projects forward together, since the evidence for the report cards must be delivered within the first year. It is anticipated that the LWEC Report Card Working Groups (one for fresh water and one for biodiversity) will be established around end March 2012, and there will be regular meetings of these groups and other work with a view to final delivery of the report cards around December 2012/ January 2013. There is potential to update the report cards for biodiversity aspects beyond this date, but it is expected that some suitable, high quality materials from Bicco-Net (including materials from Phase I) will have been incorporated for the report cards launch in December 2012/January 2013.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : BICCO-Net II Final report to Steering Group Jan 2015 v2   (5637k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 1 project delivery   (41k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 10 assessment of climate change   (1290k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 11 production of climate change indicators for the UK   (210k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 12 Overall synthesis of patterns   (241k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 13 BICCO-net II policy-focussed summary   (1350k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 2 modelling methods   (137k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 3 climate change impacts on populations   (304k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 4 Seasonal variation in species responses   (272k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 5 Fine-scale population responses to weather and climate   (405k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 6 ECN terrestrial analysis   (1276k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 7 upland macroinvertebrate analysis   (2025k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 8 Vaughan Ormerod Global Change Biology 2014   (676k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 9 National-scale responses of macroinvertebrates   (1714k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : BICCO-Net II Synthesis report   (751k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £278,927
Contractor / Funded Organisations
BTO Services Limited