Research Task: RB00CMY.5.0
Task Manager: Zack Bowen
The effects of most human stressors on natural resources are not direct cause-effect relationships, but are chronic, subtle, and synergistic. To quantify the relative effects of such factors requires a conceptual approach that can statistically detect and separate incipient changes from human and non-human factors, quantify their magnitude, and project probable long-term consequences. The most effective data-gathering approach employs long-term, ecosystem-level inventorying, monitoring, and research. Using this approach, FORT scientists are investigating ecosystem processes such as terrestrial biogeochemical cycling of key nutrients and energy (carbon), and changes in aquatic community composition.
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