Stream 2: Biodiversity
- Laura Cunningham1 and Isabel Vilanova2
- 1University of Portsmouth, UK
- 2CONICET-MACN, Argentina
Paleoecology is the study of past ecosystems, including the processes and outcomes of change. Paleoecological methods, often using multiproxy data, are well-established for terrestrial, lacustrine and marine ecosystems, especially with regards to reconstructing climate change or long-term environmental changes. Acknowledging temporal changes enables better management of these ecosystems as many processes operate over decadal–millennial time scales. Paleoecology therefore offers improved understanding of estuarine and coastal ecosystems by:
- providing long-term perspectives of environmental change;
- establishing of the baseline conditions required to set appropriate management targets;
- enabling the causes and extent of human impacts on these ecosystems to be determined, and,
- monitoring the outcomes of management actions.
The aim of this session is therefore to promote the use of paleoecology, ideally demonstrating its potential as a tool to enable more informed management of estuarine and coastal ecosystems.