Webinar: Predicting carbon storage of Great Lakes forests in the year 2050

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 14:45

This free webinar will examine how climate change and rising CO2 levels may affect forest carbon storage.

Forests across North-Central and North-Eastern North America historically have been responsible for most of the continent’s biological carbon storage, helping to slow atmospheric CO2 increases. However, these forests are aging and are beset by a variety of pests and pathogens. In the face of continuing climate change, what does this mean for the future?

This webinar will provide information about:

  • Links between forest age, biological and structural complexity, and ecosystem resilience to disturbance

  • Current approaches to predicting carbon storage by future forests

  • Management options that promote the sustainable delivery of forest ecosystem goods and services

Peter Curtis, professor of ecology at Ohio State University, will head up the discussion. Curtis conducts research on ecosystem responses to climate change and directs the Forest Carbon Cycle Research Program in northern lower Michigan based at the University of Michigan Biological Station. He has published widely on ecological responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and how climate and land use affect forest carbon storage, and the role biological complexity and ecological resilience can play in aiding our future forests.

Visit changingclimate.osu.edu to view previous webinars and other climate resources.

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