Landscape and climate change discussed at Stamford Court conference

Posted by ap507 at Nov 19, 2013 03:55 PM |
The Centre for Landscape and Climate Research held its second annual conference on 1 November
Landscape and climate change discussed at Stamford Court conference

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Researchers from the UK and abroad gathered at the University’s new Stamford Court Conference Centre on 1 November to discuss the state of knowledge of landscape and climate research, with a special focus on global peatlands (such as the one pictured, right).

Joining our academics from the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research were speakers from San Diego State University (US), the University of Birmingham and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation Imaging International (DMCii) in Guildford, who witnessed stimulating scientific presentations which covered recent research achievements of the Centre, including a forthcoming Royal Society International Seminar to be held in Chicheley Hall in December

Current research was discussed on a wide range of fascinating topics: the detection of leaky oil pipelines and the damage they cause to tropical rainforest by satellite; the resilience of boreal forested peatlands in Canada to climate change and drainage; and methane and carbon dioxide emissions from arctic palaeo-lakes in the Alaskan tundra.

In the afternoon, the discussion turned to what the current methodological limits of science are in their fields, and where they see the need to step up research efforts to fill any gaps.

Given the likely impacts of global climate change on the functioning and ecosystem services of landscapes all over the world, there was overall agreement that more interdisciplinary collaboration is needed among academics. There was the general opinion that it is encouraging to see people from different disciplines willing to work together to address global challenges. Such collaboration can add value to existing research and link up industrial partners with academia to develop new information products and services.