Climate fundamentally affects the abundance and distribution of species. Ecological processes in turn, feedback to affect the climate. There is clear value in bringing these two disciplines together.
Climate scientists, for example, have established practices that have greatly increased the accuracy of climate projections. Drawing on data and theory developed in climate sciences could improve the application of ecological forecasts. Similarly, ecological processes that mediate biosphere-atmosphere interactions represent the biggest source of uncertainty in climate projections. Ecologists can aid climate scientists in understanding these processes and their incorporation into climate models.
This symposium, jointly organised by the British Ecological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society, will identify the needs and opportunities for greater interaction between these two fields.
Keynote addresses, talks and posters will cover progress in ecological forecasting to date and explore ways in which climate science could ignite novel research.
The international and interdisciplinary conference will be highly interactive with plenty of opportunity for networking, discussion and idea generation. Talks and poster presentations will be combined with guided break-out sessions and discussion panels.
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