Climate, Ecosystems and Resources in Eastern California: a regional research symposium

Increases in greenhouse emissions and other factors are bringing about climate change on a scale unknown in recorded human history. Wildland ecosystems are being directly and indirectly affected, and changes seem to be accelerating. Mountain environments of the Sierra Nevada and western Great Basin ranges serve as key but threatened water towers that provide for downhill uses near and far. Because ecosystem services are necessary for activities such as tourism, outdoor recreation, water export and agriculture, the human economy of East-Central California will probably be profoundly affected. What form will climate change take in this region? What will be the nature of ecosystem responses to climate change? How will particular plant and animal species respond? How will ecosystem changes affect services on which the human economy depends? How can resource managers and local governments deal with these changes?

These and related topics will be the subject of a three day symposium to be held November 5-8, 2008 in Bishop, California. We hope to share current research and thinking, so that scientists, resource managers, and the public will gain a better understanding of what is happening, and why. The symposium will include three broadly defined plenary sessions: climate and water, ecosystem responses, and management and conservation. The morning plenary sessions will be followed by 10-15 concurrent sessions organized around themes relating to the central topics. There will be an opportunity for contributed talks as well as a poster session. Field trips may be offered, either before or after the symposium, and a keynote address will be open to the public free of charge.

Location: Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, CA November 5-8, 2008.

For more information, contact:
John Smiley, UCSD,WMRS, jsmiley [at] ucsd [dot] edu or
Connie Millar, USFS, CIRMOUNT, cmillar@fs.fed.us

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