BECC, or Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate, is a strategic research area that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity.
With climate change the understanding and management of biodiversity and ecosystem functions take a new turn. The change in global, regional an local climates, and thereby short term weather patterns, will be a new pressure on ecosystems that can change the way they are affected by the old pressures. It also further intensify the need to combine both ecological and social knowledge to sustain both ecosystem functions and social goods. Our purpose is to bring together researcher from different disciplines with complementary skills in order to better predict the direct and indirect effects by climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The research concerns local, regional, national and global scales.
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This research environment is part of the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research – CEC – which is a centre based on a collaboration between Lund University and University of Gothenburg.
The BECC environment is funded by the Swedish government as part of one of the 20 strategic research areas considered as important for Sweden to fund in 2008. In total 43 research environments got funding from 2008-2015 with yearly evaluations and a final decision in 2015 for further funding.