Restoration research actions to address rapid change in drylands: Insights from the Colorado Plateau

Restoration Ecology
By: , and 

Links

Abstract

The rapid intensification of ecological extremes in response to climate change and human land use is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in drylands, including the semiarid region of the Colorado Plateau in the southwestern United States. Here, we describe research directions to aid in the restoration of Colorado Plateau ecosystems during the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030) that 1) address high levels of heterogeneity 2) explore simultaneous global change drivers 3) are co-produced with a broad range of partners and 4) center Indigenous ways of knowing. We highlight restoration research efforts led by early career scientists grappling with informing management actions in a region where a rapidly changing climate intersects with historic grazing and continued land use pressures to create novel ecological extremes. We highlight restoration research efforts led by early career researchers grappling with informing management actions in a region where novel ecological extremes are the result of historic grazing, continued land-use pressures, and a rapidly changing climate.

Study Area

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Restoration research actions to address rapid change in drylands: Insights from the Colorado Plateau
Series title Restoration Ecology
DOI 10.1111/rec.13855
Edition Online First
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Country United States
State Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Other Geospatial Colorado Plateau
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional publication details