Science at the frontier: Multimethod research to evaluate ecosystem change across multiple scales

New Phytologist
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Abstract

Changes in the Earth system occur across the full spectrum of spatial and temporal scales, yet our research approaches to understanding and predicting those changes are typically restricted to a pre-defined window of space and time. For this reason, there is substantial power in integrating different approaches, particularly for research associated with the multifaceted nature of ecosystem responses to global change. Within a given research approach – for example, remote sensing, field experimentation, modeling – science promotes the continued advancement of tools and techniques. As technical advancements continue at an unprecedented rate, new opportunities for integrated, multi-approach research emerge, which could more effectively capture the mechanisms and patterns that drive ecosystem structure and function. A capacity to move beyond comparison and into the realm of integration shows promise for promoting significant advances in Earth system science, as evidenced by the Organized Session Science at the Frontier: Using Multimethod Research to Create New Knowledge and Assess Tools Across Spatial and Temporal Scales on December 12, 2017 at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Science at the frontier: Multimethod research to evaluate ecosystem change across multiple scales
Series title New Phytologist
DOI 10.1111/nph.15195
Volume 218
Issue 4
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 1318
Last page 1320