Improving tropical forest resilience to human-climate pressures – learning from the past to guide the future (FOREPAST)

About FOREPAST

Tropical forests provide numerous ecosystem services including: climate regulation, carbon storage, and being an important repository of biodiversity. Furthermore these ecosystems are vital to the livelihoods of millions of forest dependent peoples. The current changes in climate and adaptations necessary for resilient forest are generally addressed in forest ecology and climate research as well as the social sciences, but can also be seen in past records, including paleoecology and archaeology. Yet unproductive links between these different disciplines preclude understanding how past human-environmental dynamics can inform our response to current changes in tropical forests of a similar nature and magnitude.

Understanding the underlying causes and implications of the current changes in climate and adaptations necessary for resilient tropical forest call for interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how to best preserve tropical forests.

FOREPAST and U21 NETWORK

The project aims to bring together researchers – from the U21 network – from the fields of paleoecology, archaeology, forest ecology and social sciences to understand the challenges that the tropical forest biome is facing from the perspective of different disciplines and how this information can guide our response to current climate change.

The main aims of FOREPAST are: 1) learn about each others’ research within the tropical forest biome, 2) establish new, lasting collaborations, 3) create a knowledge database, 4) write a synthesis paper mapping out the various pressures and challenges that the tropical forest biome is facing from the perspective of different disciplines.

To achieve the objectives, the team will use a combination of webinars, online town hall meetings and online collaboration tools for documents and databases.

Who we are

University of Hong Kong


University of Edinburgh


University of Maryland


Contact

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