Our planet’s ecosystems are changing fast. To keep the scientific understanding apace, experts are in increasing need of new research methods that can help reveal the bigger picture on these changes and their potential future impacts. Synthesis science is helping to meet this need.
Despite widespread perceptions that fire science is a hotbed of debate over the role and management of feral flames in fire-prone ecosystems, a new report shows there is actually a lot common ground within the research community, providing hope for managing wildfire effectively in a changing climate.
In this NCEAS Portrait, we asked the Global Fellows from our Ocean Health Index initiative a burning question: what was it actually like to reproduce the annual global assessment of ocean health?
Cattle ranching and conservation in the American West may seem like an unusual pair, but new research reveals a clear link between the economic health of ranches and the ability to maintain habitat for an iconic wild bird that has been at the center of public land policy debate for years, the greater sage grouse.
Meghan Avolio explores how changes at the planetary scale, such as climate change, are altering the plants that make up grasslands across the world, and what those changes could ultimately mean for people and the benefits we get from plants. Through her synthesis working group with the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, she hopes to improve scientists' ability to predict how future environmental changes will affect communities of plants and people.
Researchers from NCEAS' Conservation Aquaculture Research Team have published the first comprehensive analysis of how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production, specifically of finfish and bivalves (e.g., oysters), around the world. Published September 10th in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study reveals that climate change is not only a threat to global production in the future, but it is also affecting producers today.