Compound extreme events from an ecological perspective

Online seminar by Dr. Ana Bastos from Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

02 November 2022
KST 16:00 – 17:00

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Compound events, e.g. drought and heat, can influence ecosystem activity directly, affecting plant functioning, but also indirectly by triggering ecosystem disturbances. These impacts are further modulated by forest condition and responses to long-term environmental change (e.g. elevated CO2). In addition, recovery from a given extreme can make ecosystems more vulnerable to additional hazards related with another extreme event, triggering a series of cascading effects that result in degradation trajectories and threaten ecosystem stability. Here I will use the recent example of recent events to discuss some of the challenges in understanding ecological responses to extreme events under climate change.