Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
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MICMoR Technical Short Course: Putting People on the Land. Introducing the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems, climate and society

Date: 03 March 2015
Location: Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (KIT/IMK-IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The terrestrial biosphere forms the interface between the atmosphere and much of the Earth’s land surface; it mediates the carbon, nitrogen and hydrological cycles, and profoundly influences the surface energy balance. Thus, the biosphere exerts a substantial control on both local and global climate, particularly through its sequestration of anthropogenic carbon emissions. It also performs a wide range of other services such as the provision of food and raw materials, removal of air pollutants and suppression of pests and diseases. However, the composition and performance of the biosphere is greatly influenced by human-induced alteration of the climate and atmospheric composition, whilst anthropogenic land-use change has completely transformed ecosystems and their interactions with the surrounding Earth system.

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