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Introduction to Climate and Ecological Models for Forest Adaptation

University of British Columbia

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NOTE: This course is offered as part of a micro-credential and requires pre-requisites.

Climate change is a major threat to the capacity of forest ecosystems to provide ecological, economic and social services. Climate modelling tools for forest and ecological applications are becoming increasingly available for forest managers and local authorities to understand the potential effects of climate change and to develop regionally specific adaptation and mitigation strategies. It is crucial to nurture future professionals with the knowledge and skills to use new modelling tools and interpret model predictions in forest and ecological planning and management practices and develop adaptive strategies to maintain and improve the resilience and productivity of forest ecosystems under a rapidly changing climate.

This online course will introduce various climatic and ecological modelling tools and guide the students to practical applications of scale-free climate models and niche-based ecological models in forest and ecological (such as birds, fish and animals) resource management to increase the resilience and viability of forest ecosystems. By the end of the course, students will master skills and techniques to, 1) use climatic models to generate spatial climate data; 2) understand niche-based ecological models; and 3) interpret and apply model output to forest management practice.

The course is designed for forest professionals who are interested in professional forestry and forest adaptation to climate change.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Module I. Introduction to Climatic and Ecological Modelling for Forest Adaptation to Climate Change
    • Topic 1.1. Introduction to Climate Data and Climate Models
    • Topic 1.2. Introduction to Ecological Models
  • Module II. Scale-free Climate Models and Their Applications
    • Topic 2.1. Introduction to ClimateNA and ClimateAP
    • Topic 2.2. Using ClimateNA/AP to Generate Point and Spatial Climate Data
  • Module III. Introduction to Niche-based Models
    • Topic 3.1. Introduction to Niche-based ecological Models
    • Topic 3.2. Introduction to Genecology functions
    • Topic 3.3. Introduction to Response Functions
  • Module IV. Model Applications
    • Topic 4.1. Model Interpretation and Applications
    • Topic 4.2. Case Studies
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Tongli Wang, PhD

Tongli Wang is Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia