iCCB, integrated Climate Change Biology background

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The iCCB began in 2007 when Mikael Fortelius, Christoph Scheidegger, and Nils Stenseth saw the need for integrating data from conservation biology, ecology, and paleontology to help interpret the patterns, processes, and possible outcomes of anthropogenic climate change.  A wealth of data now exists on biotic changes that occurred over the last one to two decades: rates of expansion and contractions of species ranges, rates of extinction, changes in standing diversity, invasions of new species into existing ecosystems.  Lots of biotic change has coincided with the now-measurable effects of anthropogenic climate change, but scientific understanding of the processes involved, the magnitude of the changes, and their likely outcomes is still in its infancy, largely due to the lack of long-term baselines against which to compare these data.  Such baseline data are available from long-term ecological studies and the even longer-term data provided by paleontology, but the temporal and spatial scales at which climate change biologists, ecologists, and paleontologists work are so different that integration has been a hurdle.  In its first three years, iCCB brought together three working groups of ecologists, palaeontologists, climate modellers, and conservation biologists to address the issue of integration.  A trait-based, community approach emerged from these discussions, as did a series of working groups to address questions using this approach.  In the next phase the iCCB will concentrate on disseminating this approach through outreach aimed at researchers and university students around the world via web and strategically chosen conference symposia, through sharing of trait-based data to facilitate new research in this area, and through original research by iCCB working groups. 

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