- What we talk about when we talk about climate services
P.M. van Bodegom
- Award date
- 10 March 2016
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Earth’s ecosystems are intimately linked to the atmosphere. Exchanges of water, energy, aerosols, and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, between ecosystem and the atmosphere, regulate local and global climatic patterns. This nature of all ecosystems is part of the ecosystem service framework as climate regulation services.
Climate regulation services are used as leverage in international policies, and economic instruments where subsidies are allotted to offset carbon emissions and, therefore, mitigate some of the effects of global climate change.
The research compiled in this dissertation broadens the ecological knowledge on macroecological patterns of the ecosystem processes and properties behind climate regulation services: what abiotic and biotic factors determine them.
Results indicate that different ecosystem properties and processes in climate regulation services are controlled by different abiotic and biotic factors. The strong link between temperature-precipitation interactions and climate regulation services suggests the role ecosystems like forests are expected to play in mitigation policies is, and will be, strongly affected by the irreversible changes in climate.
- Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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