Title Toward Integrative Science at NCAR: Building Links Between the Climate and Ecosystem Research Communities -- 2006 NCAR Opportunity Fund Project
Type Project
Abstract Global climate change is altering the structure and functioning of ecosystems, which in turn affects availability of ecological resources and benefits, changes the magnitude of some feedbacks between ecosystems and the climate system, and could affect economic systems that depend on ecosystems. A grand challenge problem is to understand and be able to project the potential effects of global climate variability and change on ecosystems, the goods and services ecosystems provide, and ecosystem links to the climate system. This project focuses on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and seeks to: (1) build bridges to marine policy; (2) identify the role of coupled modeling in building those bridges; (3) identify goals for improved coupled (climate-marine ecosystem) models; and (4) provide a focused activity linking the physical, biological and social science communities together with building a science focus that links CGD/ESSL and ISSE.
Participants James W. Hurrell
Dave Schimel
Zach Powell (CGD/ESSL)
Linda Mearns
Kathleen Miller (ISSE/SERE)
Maura Hagen (ASP/SERE)

Start Date
Funders NSF
Keywords climate, ocean ecosysytems, impacts
Research Themes Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)