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 Monday, 10 March 2014 10:05
- Written by Erik van den Elsen
The CASCADE promotion film is released as from today. The film gives an overview of what the project is investigating and shows a number of examples of (near) catastrophic shifts from Cyprus and Spain.
Researchers from the CASCADE team explain about the mechanisms at hand, dangers some dryland areas are facing and the ways of preventing these catastrophes.
The film can be viewed full-screen by clicking the expand button on the film window above.
More CASCADE films can be viewd on the CASCADE channel on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/channels/drylandshifts)