When the order of the factors does affect the product. “A Changing Climate can affect the diversity of an ecosystem” Vs “Changing the diversity of an ecosystem can affect the Climate”. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)


When the order of the factors does affect the product. “A Changing Climate can affect the diversity of an ecosystem” Vs “Changing the diversity of an ecosystem can affect the Climate”. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

(13/08/2014. Comments added at the bottom of the page.)

The impact of land use and cover management is not coming only from the modifications of the physical properties of the soil being managed (Vegetative land cover, albedo, heat absorption and reflection, moisture content…) due to uses aimed for agriculture, forestry, urbanization, industrialization, water resources compartmentalization, … but also, by the materials released into the ground and into the atmosphere by the activities carried out (solid and liquid waste materials, aerosols, GHGs, NOs, SOs…). I am surprised by how much debate there is just to identify and unify conceptual postures, set the state of awareness and explore the implications about how much potential has what is being done overland, to interfere with the climatic energy budget and its distribution.

The oscillations we might find in our ecosystem could well be the result of mechanisms of resilience acting due to natural processes of variability that we can easily identify like solar activity, planetary seasonal tilt and position and sea-land thermal contrast. However, there have been identified already forces adding strength to natural processes coming from anthropogenic activity. Increasing the strength of natural processes could result in an increasing effect over natural oscillations breaking the “pendulum like pattern” of those oscillations. First by being more extreme in their amplitude, reaching lower or higher extremes of variance. Lately, if the perturbation is constant, unidirectional and strong enough, the oscillation might reach an inflexion point of no return. And that would be a new complete matter on its own.

Either way, in today’s debate, if the impact of human development in the climate is happening now or not, is not tackling the main question of foreseeing the real threat of happening sooner or later. And the later we understand how that can happen, the shorter is going to be the time frame reaction to do something about it. Unless… there is no debate about the existence of a real threat from considering human development as a force capable of having an impact in the climate…neither now, nor in the future.

So, at the end, When the order of the factors does affect the product, one question remains:

Is human development a real threat capable of having an impact in the climate at global scale?

(If you don´t feel like adding comments here, I would appreciate any indication to my email about the place where you might feel like sharing this topic so I can participate in the debate)

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Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2016. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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5 Responses to When the order of the factors does affect the product. “A Changing Climate can affect the diversity of an ecosystem” Vs “Changing the diversity of an ecosystem can affect the Climate”. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

  1. I would like to bring this article from the Guardian into the debate since I believe it is relevant when observing atmospheric oscillations.

    “Extreme weather becoming more common, study says”
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/11/extreme-weather-common-blocking-patterns

    Rise in blocking-patterns – hot or wet weather remaining stuck over regions for weeks – causing frequent heatwaves or floods.

    “Extreme weather like the drought currently scorching the western US and the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 is becoming much more common, according to new scientific research.

    The work shows so-called “blocking patterns”, where hot or wet weather remains stuck over a region for weeks causing heatwaves or floods, have more than doubled in summers over the last decade. The new study may also demonstrate a link between the UK’s recent flood-drenched winter and climate change.

    Climate scientists in Germany noticed that since 2000 there have been an “exceptional number of summer weather extremes, some causing massive damage to society”. So they examined the huge meanders in the high-level jet stream winds that dominate the weather at mid-latitudes, by analysing 35 years of wind data amassed from satellites, ships, weather stations and meteorological balloons. They found that blocking patterns, which occur when these meanders slow down, have happened far more frequently.”

    Furthermore, I also would like to link this post to a previous one addressing “The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK” from Feb 2014 by the Met Office. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)”

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