Early detection of changing ecosystems

Researcher(s): Craig Allen, Dirac Twidwell, Dan Uden, Simanti Banerjee

Agricultural resilience, or the ability of ecosystems to withstand rapid and sudden transitions to an undesired state. Increasingly fueled by global environmental change, these shifts – from grassland to a cedar woodland or from fertile farmland to desert in a Dust Bowl-like scenario, for example – can spark chaos in communities, with consequences ranging from reduced food and water security, to heightened wildfire risks, to decreased funding for public schools.

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