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Boreal Integrative Ecosystem Modeling (BorIEM) project

PI: Stephen Yamasaki
Institution: Institut Québécois d'Aménagement de la Foret Feuillue
Abstract:
The goal of the Boreal Integrative Ecosystem Modeling (BorIEM) project is to evaluate the potential impacts of key disturbance agents on a forest landscape, given a set of assumptions made about global climate change (GCC) and our current understanding of ecosystem function. The project will forecast landscape states under the combined influences of GCC and natural (wildfire) and anthropogenic (harvesting, oil and gas exploration and extraction) disturbances over a long time horizon, and evaluate the fate of forest values within the system (such as biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and forest productivity). While the project's researchers will not claim to predict the precise future state of the forest and of the socially important products and services it provides, the project will bring together current peer-reviewed and expert ecological and socio-economic knowledge to deduce the most likely evolution of the landscape.
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