Research Task: RB00CME.2.2
Task Manager: Jessica Montag
Climate change affects both the biophysical environment and human systems as well as how they interact. In order for biophysical and human systems to adapt to climate-induced changes, we need to understand the vulnerabilities and resilience in each system along with the myriad ongoing interactions between them. Because ecological resilience involves "absorbing" change or perturbations while maintaining stasis in its various ecosystem relationships, FORT social and biological scientists are investigating (1) the processes and thresholds of change and (2) particular factors that enable human and ecological systems to accommodate disturbances. Specifically, FORT social scientists are collaborating with other USGS and academic researchers to develop a human dimensions climate-change strategy; evaluate and incorporate current climate change research; track the big issues concerning climate impacts on human societies; and investigate how agriculturists, farmers, and ranchers are being impacted and adapting to climate-change impacts on their operations.
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