Predicting the Unpredictable? How Ecological Forecasting Helps Foretell The Future

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1) Ecological forecasting can improve decision-making in agriculture.

Dr. Dietze explains how the process can help to predict future crop growth and their impact on the global food system.

2) Extreme or unusual weather events can affect ecological forecasting capabilities.

From heat waves, unseasonably cold weather, and everything in between, Dr. Dietze shares how these climate events can impact predictive models.

3) Short-term and near-term ecological forecasts cover different timescales.

Dr. Dietze highlights the differences.

4) New projects are already underway to help predict restoration success after a severe weather event.

Rebuilding after unexpected, unseasonal, or extreme weather is complicated, but Dr. Dietze says ongoing developments in ecological forecasting can help.

5) A variety of agencies and organizations are currently using ecological forecasting methods.

Dr. Dietze provides additional insight on who already has programs in place.

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6) Eco-forecasting can help people better understand biodiversity on a global scale, and in their own backyards.

Research methods can be used to educate community members on the importance of biodiversity conservation on plant and animal life and connect with it on a personal level.

7) Technology does play a role in forecasting research.

Specific highlights on the use of machine learning.

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8) Investing in “climate friendly” companies can help to enact meaningful change.

While this isn’t the only way to reduce our global carbon footprint, Dr. Dietze says investments that consider environmental impact are a step in the right direction.

9) A number of educational pathways can lead students and aspiring researchers to work in this field.

Looking to pursue a future career in ecology or environmental science? Dr. Dietze shares his recommendations for academic tracks.

10) There are many researchers in the field open to sharing educational opportunities, materials, and tools.

Let the Ecological Forecasting Initiative be your guide.

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