Speaker: Joan Bunbury
Department of Geography, UofT
Title: "Freshwater ecosystem response to climate change in the Canadian North"
Lakes and wetlands are an important component of the northern landscape,
and climate change poses a major threat to these ecosystems. Warmer
temperatures and changes in precipitation regimes are expected to
influence water levels, nutrients, and water chemistry, thereby altering
the abundance and distribution of aquatic organisms. Paleoenvironmental
records provide a unique and valuable perspective to our understanding
of how these organisms and their environment have been impacted by
climate change in the past, and can provide insight into what may happen
under alternative climate scenarios in the future.
The Collaborative Challenges for
the Climate Change Research Community (CCCCRC or C4RC) is a weekly
seminar series highlighting trans-disciplinary research in climate
change, with a goal in fostering meaningful collaboration between
climate change researchers. Our aim is to use this as an exploration
of the range of research related to climate change across the
University of Toronto, and to inspire new collaborations. A central
theme of the series is the role of computational climate models: how
researchers share models, verify models, create models, and share
results. All are welcome to attend the series.