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This lecture is part of the monthly Castle Lecture Series hosted by the Smithsonian's Grand Challenges Consortia.
Dr. Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira
Ecologist, Leader of CTFS-SIGEO Ecosystems & Climate Initiative
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
January 23, 2014
Noon – 1:00pm EDT
Forests play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. As humans increasingly dominate the Earth, forests globally are being impacted by climate change, altered biogeochemistry, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and other anthropogenic perturbations (broadly, “global change”). In turn, alterations to forest ecosystems may result in significant climate feedbacks, influencing future climate. Smithsonian research is helping to understand how global change is impacting forest-climate interactions. The Smithsonian-led Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) is an international network of long-term research plots of utility for understanding forest responses to global change and consequent feedbacks to the climate system. Research at these sites is detecting changes in forest dynamics and elucidating mechanisms through which global change impacts forests. Further research on the climate regulation services of ecosystems highlights the value of forests for protecting Earth’s climate. Accounting for forest-climate interactions in societal decision-making is key to protecting the interconnected futures of Earth’s forests and climate.
For additional information please contact Consortia@si.edu.
The presentation will be webcast and archived on this page.