Extreme weather profoundly impacts life on Earth. Severe droughts provoke wildfires which devastate biodiversity, erode carbon stocks, and deteriorate air quality, damaging public health. The so-called domino effects of extreme weather on land ecosystems are increasingly being recognized at scientific and political levels. In the ocean, however, the impacts of extreme weather are largely unknown. Ecological theory and preliminary observations suggest that effects can be substantial, raising fundamental questions about how coastal ecosystems- the ocean’s most productive and biodiverse habitats- are affected by extreme weather. In this talk, I will discuss how new observation technologies and multidisciplinary cooperation are required to obtain a systems-level understanding of coastal ecosystems as we face increased risk of extreme weather due to climate change.
About Karl Attard
Dr Karl Attard is Assistant Professor in Marine Sciences at the Department of Biology at SDU. Karl received his Ph.D. from SDU in collaboration with the Greenland Climate Research Centre and performed Postdoctoral training at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include metabolic processes of photosynthesis and respiration, biogeochemical cycles of climate-relevant gases such as CO2, macroecology, Polar ecosystems, and ecosystem impacts of climate change and extreme weather. A key part of his research focuses on using new sensor technologies to understand how ecosystems function. Karl has participated in > 30 international expeditions that include the Arctic, the Antarctic, and remote islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.