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Acclimation potential of global ectothermic species, collated from literature, 1960 to 2015
GB/NERC/BAS/AEDC/01096

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Abstract:
A dataset of acclimation potential of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ectotherms across latitudes collected from the literature spanning the time period 1960 to 2015 with the aim to test the importance of physiological acclimation as a mechanism to buffer species against climate warming.

The projected rate of environmental warming is used to calculate how many years and generations acclimation capacity will afford each species before it will exceed its thermal maximum. Acclimation capacity, generation time, latitudinal range extent and projected rate of warming are then combined into an index of vulnerability. This data together with critical thermal maxima of the ectotherms are presented here.

Keywords:
acclimation, acclimation response ratio, extreme events, generations, geographic range, persistence, physiological plasticity

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