Old trees meet 21st technology – Tracking climate and environmental change in Subarctic Canada using emerging technologies in tree-ring research

Anthropogenic activities are altering the Earth’s atmosphere by increasing the atmospheric concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Greater concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are warming the Earth‘s atmosphere and altering the functioning of various ecosystem processes. Nowhere is this more evident than in northern regions of the world. This talk will focus on the use of emerging technologies in the field of dendrochronology to study environmental and climate change in the subarctic during the past several centuries, providing insights into key processes operating in the atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere and how these alter or affect plant growth.

Michael Pisaric is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. His research on Arctic climate and environmental change is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), from whom he has held funding annually since 2003. He has received numerous awards including being named a Chancellor’s Research Chair at Brock University and the Michael Plyley Award for graduate supervision. In the academic year 2022/23 Michael F. J. Pisaric is a Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald.

Moderation: Professor Dr. Martin Wilmking

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