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Lect. 04 climate Web - Riversides Historical Ecosystem =...

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Riverside’s Historical Ecosystem = Coastal Sage Scrub Mediterranean climate: mild fall and spring, rainy mild winter, hot dry summers What is climate anyway?
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Climate = predictable temperature and precipitation patterns Mediterranean climate patterns…for example
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Why do ecologists care? Ecosystems adapted to local climates Water and temperature = growing seasons Similar ecosystems = similar climates Rain forest, for eg. = year round growing season (can you say biodiversity?)
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How do we explain climate patterns? On a large scale = sun’s rays on a round, tilted earth Includes patterns of air and water circulation Influenced by distribution of land masses Smaller scales = all of above + local topography (mountains, etc.)
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How do we explain climate patterns? On a large scale = sun’s rays on a round, tilted earth Includes patterns of air and water circulation Influenced by distribution of land masses Smaller scales = all of above + local topography (mountains, etc.)
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