Ecosystem Adaptation - Terrestrial Systems

Stephen Hamburg
Brown University

Climate change, whether anthropogenic in origin or not, results in major changes in the structure of terrestrial ecosystems. These changes involve not only shifts in the composition of plant and animal communities, but also the distribution of nutrients with these systems. These structural and composition shifts impact both the biological as well as service functions played by terrestrial systems. Hamburg reviews the kinds of system changes that can be expected over the next 100 years, and the implications of those changes on the preservation of natural communities and the production of extractable commodities.

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