Date(s) - Wednesday 27/05/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Next online Climate Action Talk at the University of Derby: Climate Change and Our Forests
Wednesday 27 May 2020 (19:30-20:15)
Our Climate Action Talks are continuing online! After our first webinar addressed the impact of climate change on global disease dynamics, we will now feature a talk on the living carbon storage of the earth – our forests.
First, we are delighted to welcome Professor Rob MacKenzie, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Birmingham, on the 27th of May at 19:30. Professor MacKenzie has the academic lead for BIFoR FACE, a £15M research project that led to the establishment of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research and assesses how increasing CO2 levels affect forest ecosystems. In one of the largest global change experiments in the world, Professor MacKenzie and his team investigate how trees are affected by changes in our atmosphere and how these changes are propagated to other animals, plants and microbes living in forests.
BIFoR FACE is set in a broadleaf forest dominated by 160-year-old oak trees in the Midlands. CO2-enrichment treatments, which are scheduled to run until 2026, started in spring 2017 and the forest has already responded very promptly to its changed atmosphere. The 50 million dollar question Professor MacKenzie and his team are trying to answer is how these changes will affect carbon, nutrient and water cycles in the future.