Climate change adaptation: ecological responses and ecological tools

Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment & Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Our global climate has already increased ~1 degree Celsius, and the Paris Agreement suggests that, at a minimum, the climate will increase that much more. Because of this warming--and the emissions we continue to release every day--we must adapt to changing climate conditions. This talk will explore how climate change affects ecological systems and some key natural constraints on ecosystem responses to climate change. It also will explore the pros and cons of new strategies that people can use to overcome those constraints. Finally, the talk will emphasize the potential value of natural capital--healthy ecosystems benefiting people--to reduce climate risks in human communities.