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Date:9/21/2011

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Scientists will test alternative hypotheses about how human activities at the wildland-urban interface affect the response of fire-adapted pine forests to climate change and how humans respond to these changes over centuries by combining archaeological and paleoecological evidence. The evidence is from an ancient wildland-urban interface in Northern New Mexico, where large communities of Native American farmers lived in ponderosa pine forests through varying climate episodes over the last 1,000 years.

Impacts of Global Change Scenarios on Ecosystem Services from the World's Rivers
Charles Vorosmarty, CUNY-City College

Researchers will look at the ways in which humans control, degrade or enhance water-related "ecosystem services," quantifying their effects on the global economic system and on aquatic biodiversity, projecting these relationships into the future and assessing how alternative management strategies can lead to more sustainable futures over a 100-year time horizon.


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National Science Foundation
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