Video lecture: Plant Responses to Climate Related Abiotic Stress

A video lecture that gives an overview of how vegetation responds to climate change in terms of phenotypic plasticity, range shifts, phenology, and population changes.

Students will learn about plant responses to increased CO2 levels, higher global temperatures and changing precipitation patterns by discussing their impacts on native vegetation in Arizona. They will learn how plants respond to such environmental perturbations in the short and long term by showing phenotypic plasticity, acclimation and adaptation causing range shifts, phenological changes and changes in percentages of plant populations.

Use this tool to help students find answers to:

  1. Describe physiological plasticity in plants in response to climate related abiotic stress factors.
  2. What is the difference between acclimation and adaptation in plants, in response to abiotic stress?

About the Tool

Tool Name Vegetation Response to Climate Change
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Abiotic Stress, Stress Physiology, Temperature Variation, Heat Stress, Phenotypic Plasticity

Acclimation in Plants, Adaptation in Plants, Physiological Plasticity, Range Shift

Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of Tool Video lecture
Grade Level High school, Undergraduate
Location Arizona
Language English
Developed by Dr Lawrence Venable, University of Arizona
Hosted at Coursera
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic