At CREAF we study the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations, climate change, or increases in contamination and we design measures to adapt ecosystems to a drier future.
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Functional ecology and global changeEach organism, every community, and every ecosystem plays an important role in the regulation of cycles of energy and nutrients which keep the planet alive. Some of these roles have been modified due to atmospheric changes, climate change, increases in disturbances and changes in land use.
At CREAF we study the effects of global change (which includes all of the aforementioned changes) with an international and multidisciplinary focus. The methods of study require working at diverse scales (from the organism to the ecosystem), combining experimentation with modeling, and conducting long-term monitoring of different ecosystems.