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Increase in species richness on Swiss Alpine mountain summits in 20th century

Figure Created 12 Nov 2009 Published 12 Nov 2009 Last modified 29 Nov 2012, 11:37 AM
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Endemic, coldadapted species are declining as pioneer species drive them out of their characteristic niches due warming conditions

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Black cross: 1900s; Green rhombus: 1980s; Orange circle: 2003; open symbols indicate a (temporary) decrease in species number (Piz Trovat, Piz Languard).

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