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Conference: Climate change and the fate of the Amazon

Oriel College
University of Oxford
20-22 March 2007

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The potential large-scale possible dieback of the Amazon rainforest is one of the most profound impacts of climate change in the 21st century. This workshop explored this threat in detail, examining the likelihood of such change, the mechanisms that may lead to biome-threatening climate change, and the resilience or vulnerability of both the biome and its human populations to such change. We also examined the potential consequences for the region and the planet, and explored strategies for preparation, adaptation, and mitigation.

Sessions Included:

  • Mechanisms of Climate Change in Amazonia
  • Insights from Recent Droughts: A Model for the Future?
  • Physiology of a Forest Under Stress
  • Lessons from Prehistoric Climate and Vegetation Change
  • Humans and Forests in a Changing Amazon
  • Conservation and Adaptation
  • Crafting Policy in the Face of Politics: The Amazon in the Context of Brazil
  • Global Impacts, Global Politics, Global Action

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Workshop Conveners

Yadvinder Malhi (University of Oxford), Richard Betts (Hadley Centre) and Timmons Roberts (University of Oxford)