Today's powerpoint file
Managers should consider at least the following: changes in local and regional climate (e.g., via surface-atmosphere interactions), physiognomic shifts in vegetation, changes in runoff and erosion, implications for abundance and distribution of native plants and animals, and implications for carbon sequestration
Today, we will discuss the factors likely to change within the next 50 years, and we will consider the probability that these changes will influence ecosystems
Sources, outcomes, and solutions
Examples of recent successes
Plausible impacts tied to oceans thermohaline conveyer belt
Discussion will focus on an ecosystem with which you are familiar and a land-management organization that you represent (e.g., USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management, USDI National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Department of Defense, Arizona State Lands Department, private landowner). The latter will allow you to specify a mission and goals. Your discussion will be most useful if you conduct research before class on the mission and goals of one or two organizations.
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