Climate Change and Ecology in Rural Lands
Climate change has gained wider attention in recent years as issues of longer term environmental sustainability are debated in research circles and among the public at large. For this reason, considering how climate change will affect ecology and management of rural lands should be one of the pillars of knowledge supporting land-use planning and management. This chapter reviews three important aspects of climate change and ecology of rural lands: the fundamentals of climate change, how climate change is likely to affect critical ecological processes on rural lands, and, finally, some practical, accessible tools that can be used to integrate the knowledge and experience of land managers into models to improve the quality of decision making.
KeywordsClimate Change Ecosystem Service Land Management Adaptive Management Surface Albedo
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