Ecosystem Transformation After a Large Scale Disturbance: Virtual Workshop Series

Our partners at the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SWCASC) recently co-hosted a series of virtual workshops about Ecosystem Resilience, focused on heat stress on biota and what happens after large-scale mortality and climate-related disturbance events. These workshops addressed scientific uncertainties and how these gaps in knowledge affect land management. Catch what you missed here!



The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) recently held a series of virtual workshops on the topic of Ecosystem Resilience, focused on heat stress on biota and what happens after large-scale mortality and climate-related disturbance events. The workshop series addressed scientific uncertainties and how these gaps in knowledge affect land management. 


In the second workshop, “Ecosystem Transformation After Large-Scale Disturbance,” presenters focused on forest management and fire in the context of ecosystem resilience. The study of ecosystem resilience is becoming increasingly complex due to climate change. Forests in the Southwest are under immense environmental stressors, including increased severity and frequency of fires, and are therefore a focal point for ecosystem resilience solutions.


Presenters and attendees shared their diverse perspectives throughout the workshop on a wide range of topics. Most notably, discussions focused on the challenges of developing effective land management strategies in the face of climate change. Additionally, participants discussed the use of optimal management strategies, those which focus on a more regional scale, can lead to more effective program implementation. 


The Ecosystem Resilience workshops served as a space for over 120 attendees to connect, learn, and discuss meaningful research in the hopes of developing real-world solutions to present challenges. To access workshop materials and recordings, please visit: https://arizona.app.box.com/s/vdkkk9kxgmr7rtp8a8sgnybnp328ds4k/folder/114344470976