What Does Climate Science Look Like? Here’s One Example

Patricia Alvarez measures a tree, Peru

The TEAM Network’s Patricia Alvarez conducts a vegetation survey in Peru. By aggregating TEAM’s data from sites across the planet, scientists are able to get a broad view of global trends in the health of ecosystems and species. (© Benjamin Drummond)

Right now, thousands of people from across the globe are attending the U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru.

Many of them are representing the world’s nations as they attempt to make progress on an international climate change agreement that is due next year. But country delegation members aren’t the only attendees. Many participants are there to share their experiences and learn from others, whether the subject is building community resilience to climate change impacts or expanding scientific knowledge of how ecosystems are being affected.

Patricia Alvarez is one of those people. As a site manager for the Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring (TEAM) Network, Patricia spends much of her time measuring trees in Peru’s Manú National Park.

This week in Lima, Patricia joined other scientists working on biodiversity issues in Peru, as well as local politicians, at a workshop called “Biodiversity and Climate Change: Contributions from Science to Policy for Sustainable Development.” Participants discussed results of the studies they have conducted; they also shared their plans to expand research to other important areas of Peru, such as Cordillera Azul National Park, where TEAM has completed the first forest mammal monitoring program conducted in the western side of the park.

Learn more about Patricia and her work in the film below. 

Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Human Nature. Learn more about the connection between forests and climate change in Will Turner’s blog from earlier this week

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