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|B5 - Landscape Ecology and Climate Change|
|Time:||10:20 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Room:||Ball Room 3|
|Session Chair(s):||Bruce Jones and Felix Kienast|
|Session Abstract: Climate change is expected to alter temperature, rainfall, frequency and timing of extreme weather events, all in varying degrees and time patterns around the world. At the same time – and not independent of climate change – land use is going to change primarily due to socio- economic drivers. The order of magnitude and the speed of the two processes seems, however, to be quite different: At the moment land use change seems to have more drastic year to year fluctuations and more measurable direct effect on food production or species distribution than climate change where cause and effects are frequently within the natural fluctuation. Nevertheless, several authors claim that the effects of climate change on above mentioned goods and services will eventually be so drastic that the land-use changes will be negligible. Although we are well aware that the two major drivers are interlinked, it is the core business of landscape ecology to understand the individual contribution of each landscape-shaping factor on landscape evolution. In particular the community should contribute to the on-going debate on the question which drivers play a more decisive role for the future fate of landscape systems. Surprisingly, this debate received little attention from landscape ecologists so far. The 2007 IALE World Congress in Wageningen brought two symposia on stage. Only 4 papers with climate change in the title were published in the journal Landscape Ecology (1991, 1993, 2004, 2007), and only 2 in Landscape and Urban Planning (2007, 2008), suggesting that the recent rise in attention has not touched landscape ecology research. Is our community we missing an important opportunity? Why is it that our science does not contribute to building a knowledge base to help solving the problem of the combined effects of land-use and climate change? We plan to have an open science discussion on the topic listed above. Several key speakers will be invited to stimulate a vivid discussion. We hope to initiate formal and informal collaboration among scientists, agencies and international bodies that are dealing with the combined effects of land-use and climate change.|
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