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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (USA) 2015

Climatic change and community organization across three trophic levels : long-term research at a sentinel site in semiarid north-central Chile

Semiarid north-central Chile

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

Titre : Climatic change and community organization across three trophic levels : long-term research at a sentinel site in semiarid north-central Chile

Organismes NSF : Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)

Durée : May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2020

Description
Increases in semi-arid and arid lands may affect economic stability and societies globally. This long-term project examines the shifting forces that influence a semi-arid community and thus serves as an important sentinel for societal ramifications of increased aridity with climate change. Since 1989, unexpected changes in rainfall patterns and species invasions have replaced native species interactions as key drivers of a semi-arid thorn scrub community in northern Chile. Long-term ecological data from this site contribute directly to decisions on wise management of these changing environments. It also will provide information to help the general public understand the decision-making process by improving their knowledge of its wildlife and natural areas. The project will provide important comparisons with ongoing research in semi-arid sites in North America, where important drivers of long-term change differ. The project represents a long-term collaboration between US and Chilean researchers and managers, and will provide valuable opportunities for US students to participate in international research.

Partenaires : Douglas Kelt dakelt ucdavis.edu (Principal Investigator) Peter Meserve (Co-Principal Investigator)

Financement : $470,125.00

Présentation (National Science Foundation)

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