lecture39F06 - Climate Change, Ecology and Society By the...

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Climate Change, Ecology and Society By the end of this lecture you should be able to… Describe the projected effects of the rapid change in climate driven by human alteration of the C cycle. Discuss potential feedbacks that may accelerate global warming. Concepts and terms: boreal forest and the arctic Discuss the Niche concept and how it is used to construct the distribution of future ecosystems. Describe how paleoecology is used to understand the relationship between climate and ecosystem function. Describe how ancient soils and fossils are dated. Concepts and terms: 14 C, half life, radioactive decay Discuss basic principles of dendrochronology. Concepts and terms: tree rings, bristlecone pine, cross dating Describe the reciprocal relationship between atmospheric chemistry, climate and human activity. Reference Readings: http://tree.ltrr.arizona.edu/; Hu et al. (2001) Ecosystems 4:358-368; Ruddiman, W.H. 2003. Climate Change 61:261-293
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course IB 201 taught by Professor Hughes/berlocher during the Spring '07 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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lecture39F06 - Climate Change, Ecology and Society By the...

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