- Jorge GARCÍA MOLINOS
- Arctic Research Center, Satellite Observation and Modeling Research Group
- Hokudai Type ／ 2015
Ecology, climate change
Our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, is characterized by the human transformation of the global environment. Though the human fingerprint on our environment is plural and complex, climate change is undoubtedly one of the key global drivers of ecological change. Through its impact on biota, ecosystems, and natural resources, it affects the way we live, our health, economic and social assets, and even our global security.To avoid extinction, organisms (humans included) facing rapid changes in climate must withstand those changes or move away towards places were conditions remain more favorable. I am interested in these processes and their interplay to ultimately better understand how ecosystems will reorganize and blend in the future. The outcome is however still poorly understood: as novel climate conditions emerge and the boundaries between ecosystems melt away, new biological interactions and ecological surprises of uncertain outcome will arise. This represents a clear research priority for adaptive conservation globally, and even more in the Arctic where climate change is developing faster and more severe than the global average, and will increasingly do so in the future.