Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem resources are an important part of our health, economic growth, and intrinsic well-being. Ecosystems provide a wide variety of services that are of value to us such as filtering pollutants from the air we breathe and the water we drink, developing the soils that we depend on to grow food, and providing natural flood control in wetlands. Ecosystems also serve an important climate function as regulators of the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. With altering changes in temperature and precipitation, the ability for an ecosystem to sequester carbon decreases and leads to an eventual, dramatic change in the atmosphere.
- Climate Change and Carbon Tools:
USDA Forest Service access point to a wide variety of tools for assessing data and change predictions including (but not limited to) forest cover, ecosystems, wildfire management tools, carbon storage, and watershed erosion
- National Climate Assessment: Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services:
- The US Environmental Protection Agency provides a gateway to exploring the
benefits of Climate Action: Greenhouse gas mitigation, risks of inaction, and estimations of
carbon stocks with a changing terrestrial ecosystem using the MC1 dynamic global vegetation
- The National Climate Assessment demonstrates ecosystem response to climate
change and importance of environmental cues for the survival of terrestrial and aquatic
species and the impact on biodiversity with a change to the system.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Impacts on Ecosystems:
- Houston Wilderness, Ecosystems Services:
- The Nature Conservancy, Climate Change: