Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Predicting carbon storage of Great Lakes forests in the year 2050: scientific challenges and management decisions”? on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Peter Curtis, PhD, Professor of Ecology at Ohio State University, will discuss links between forest age, biological complexity, and resilience to disturbance, current approaches to predicting carbon storage, and management options for sustainable forests.
The webinar will be held on February 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit www.greatlakesclimate.com/upcomingwebinar to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Forests across North-Central and North-Eastern North America historically have been responsible for most of the continent’s biological carbon storage, helping to slow atmospheric carbon dioxide increases. However, these forests are aging and are beset by a variety of pests and pathogens. The webinar will discuss the potential meaning of these problems in the face of continuing climate change.
Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.
Peter Curtis is Professor of Ecology at the Ohio State University. He conducts research on ecosystem responses to climate change and directs the Forest Carbon Cycle Research Program in northern lower Michigan based at the University of Michigan Biological Station. He has published widely on ecological responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, how climate and land use affect forest carbon storage, and the role biological complexity and ecological resilience can play in aiding our future forests.
Dr. Curtis has previously presented as part of the Global Change, Local Impact series. His presentation from January 11, 2011 is available at changingclimate.osu.edu/webinars/archives/2011-01-11.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.
Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975, firstname.lastname@example.org