Gund Tea Series - Dominik Thom: The Impacts of Climate Change and Disturbances on Forest Ecosystems
Climate change constitutes a key challenge for the future provisioning of ecosystem services and the conservation of biodiversity which are the main goals of forest management. Forest ecosystems are not solely affected directly by climate change (e.g., via increased temperature and changed precipitation patterns), but also indirectly (e.g., via increased natural disturbance regimes). In my talk, I will provide an overview of climate change and disturbance impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a global scale, and subsequently I will focus on a forest landscape in Central Europe which we simulated into the future using a novel individual-based forest landscape and disturbance model. I will show that while climate change is threatening ecosystem services and biodiversity, an increase in disturbances may also create opportunities for ecosystems to reorganize themselves with positive implications for the biodiversity and resilience of future forest ecosystems.
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