What is CASCADE about?
One of the most challenging themes in ecology over the last decades is the quest for the understanding of discontinuous changes in ecosystems. Discontinuous shifts have already been observed and analyzed for a wide variety of ecological systems, including lakes, drylands, peatlands, rangelands, marine systems, and musselbeds.
Some of these discontinuous shifts in ecosystems imply undesired and irreversible changes. For example, shallow lakes can suddenly change into eutrophic systems with a large loss in biological diversity.
CASCADE will investigate and analyze a range of dryland ecosystems in southern Europe to obtain a better understanding of sudden shifts in drylands that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and concomitant ecosystem services.
Based on these analyses, CASCADE will develop ways to predict the proximity of the CASCADE’s dryland ecosystems to thresholds in such a way that these predictions can be used by policymakers and land users for more sustainable management of drylands worldwide.
- Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:15
- Written by Erik van den Elsen
From August 25-29, colleagues from Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) are organising a modelling workshop for interested CASCADE partners. Venue of the workshop will be at Saint-André-de-Buèges. The following subjects will be covered;
- Update of the continuing work from all participating groups,
- Discussion of links between models and (field) data within CASCADE,
- Introduction about the sharing of computer code within CASCADE,
- Discussion of the Conceptual Framework schemes available,
- What will come up during the meeting.