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Global Climate Change

The Perspective from the Fossil Record
Videos from the Climate Forum in Cleveland

Today global climate change is altering not only the average global temperature and length of seasons but also sea level, rainfall, severe weather events, agricultural productivity, the spread of diseases and the distribution of plants and animals. Global-change scientists, including paleontologists, are developing models and acquiring data to understand the environmental and human consequences of modern climate change. The fossil record is a critical source of biological and environmental information for evaluating the effects of climate change on species, ecosystems, and evolutionary processes.

In these three videos from the Climate Forum at the annual meeting of SVP in Cleveland in October 2008, three global-change scientists share their insights from the fossil record for ecological and evolutionary responses of plants and animals to climate changes underway today. Note: The brief introduction at the beginning of each video is given by Catherine Badgley, University of Michigan (Past President, SVP).

Click on the title of each presentation to the right below, to view the video.