BECCs purpose is to bring together complementary skills for research in order to predict the direct and indirect effects by climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. The research has both natural and social science perspectives and concerns local, regional, national and global scales.
The research will increase the scientific knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate with the aim to promote sustainable development in the area.
An important part of the research is interaction with the majority of the Swedish authorities and organizations (stakeholders) in sectors such as agriculture and forestry.
BECC research is organized into six clusters reflecting interdisciplinary linkages amongst and collaboration between the researchers.
Conservation of biodiversity under climate and land-use change Aims to develop strategies that integrate the conservation of biodiversity in the Swedish agricultural and forest landscapes with economically viable production, by maintaining and developing multiple ecosystem services. An embedded goal is to enhance understanding of how the adaptations and propagation/distribution of organisms is affected by climate change in combination with fragmentation and habitat loss.
Forestry and global change Pursues the further development of forest ecosystem models and their application to analyze the impacts of land-use change and management in a changing climate on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Swedish forest ecosystems. The findings are intended to support policy makers and stakeholders in drafting recommendations and making decisions on future forestry in Sweden.
Agriculture and global change Aims to synthesize knowledge and identify research needs to assess the combined effects of land use and climate change on biodiversity and the production of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. The goal is to understand how a future multifunctional agriculture can be adapted to climate change and contribute to reducing climate impact, while sustaining the production of agricultural products and ecosystem services.
Integrated ecological modelling Aims to identify potential synergies between models, research groups and disciplinary teams to promote the improvement and application of models for the analysis of patterns, trends and variability in biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate. Particular emphasis is placed on the combination of different kinds of models, and of modelling and empirical approaches, for better prediction and analysis, particular at larger spatial and temporal scales, and to characterise uncertainty in projections of future changes. This cluster also takes responsibility for identification/development of scenarios for use in this and the other clusters of BECC.
Climate, land use and biogeochemical cycles Focuses on assessment of the combined effects of land use and climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services related to microbial communities. Improve the assessment of the risks of increased greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient leaching from forest and agricultural land due to global change. Different scenarios of climate change, land use, land management and atmospheric deposition will be modeled in order to provide decision support to users.
Governance and Economics of Natural Resources Concerns the critical evaluation of synergies and conflicts between policies and institutions to address climate change, biodiversity threats and ecosystem resilience, as well as formulation of policies and strategies leading to an integrated policy management in these areas. The cluster brings together expertise in political science and environmental economics at LU and UGOT with natural scientists to provide a scientific basis for the development of integrated policies that can effectively address the overall problems of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss.
Last modified 30 Apr 2013