Date: 17 March 2020
Venue: School VI
Resiliency, functioning and processes of tropical forests: A view from the above
The Amazon rainforest covers about 40% of the South American continent and is the world’s biggest tropical forest. The Amazon alone holds about 10 per cent of the world’s known biodiversity in their terrestrial, fresh water and marine ecosystems. However, they remain subject to high levels of deforestation, fragmentation, selective logging and fires. The ongoing exposure of tropical ecosystems to these anthropogenic pressures has significant consequences to biodiversity, livelihoods of local and indigenous communities, and substantial concerns about the future of tropical forests as a component of the global climate system. In this seminar, Dr. Yhasmin will be presenting her previous and current research where she is working on the development of new approaches, based on earth observation data, to access carbon dynamics and climate sensitivity of Amazonian forests. On her presentation, she will cover some of her research focusing on the understanding of forest resilience, functioning and process of Amazon forests and how this changing ecosystem will face global climate change.
Yhasmin is a Remote Sensing researcher and a love reader, whose work is inspired by ecological and environmental functioning and how natural ecosystems will face the daunting task of assessing climate change. She holds a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at the Centre for Landscape and Climate Change, University of Leicester – UK. Her project aims to unveil vegetation functioning and carbon dynamics over degraded and secondary forests in the Amazon.