Terrestrial Ecosystem Sensitivity to Climate Change

Melinda Smith, Alan Knapp

Description:The global scale of climate change means that all terrestrial ecosystems are, and will continue to be, impacted by alterations in temperature, precipitation and more frequent and severe periods of climatic extremes. Forecasting how any particular ecosystem will respond to predicted changes in climate requires knowing the magnitude of the change in the climate driver (e.g., change in precipitation or temperature), and the sensitivity of ecosystem processes to a given change in a climate parameter. However, we know much more about how climate drivers will change than we do about why ecosystems differ in their sensitivity to these forecast changes. With this seminar, students will explore the current state of knowledge of terrestrial ecosystem sensitivity to climate changes.

Section: 5
Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/28/2014
Meeting Times: Tues 1-1:50 pm
Classroom: TBD
CRN: 10366
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Enrollment Limit: 20
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Melinda Smith melinda.smith@colostate.edu 9704917155
      Alan Knapp aknapp@colostate.edu 9704917010