Dr. George Hurtt’s proposal, “Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Global Climate Mitigation Scenarios” selected by SESYNC
Drs. George Hurtt (UMD) and James Edmonds of the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) have been selected to lead a pursuit entitled, “Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Global Climate Mitigation Scenarios” by National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). This project will address the overarching question: How can future human demands for food, fiber, energy and water be efficiently met while minimizing negative impacts to the Earth’s climate system, biodiversity and ecosystem services that enhance human well-being?
The major objective of the study is to pull key considerations of biodiversity and ecosystem services into the scenario development process, so potential changes to them can be jointly mitigated along with changes to the physical system. To achieve this objective, the project will include a series of six workshops. The progression of each workshop is designed to engage a broad community of stakeholders, policy experts, social and environmental scientists in a logical and collaborative process as a means of creating a new set of sustainable climate mitigation scenarios of high scientific utility to the international community.