Concurrent Session: Wetlands in a changing climate II
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Thu
Title: A wetland practitioner's guide to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report
Abstract: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a report that synthesizes the current state of knowledge surrounding the physical basis, potential risks, and proposed mitigations for the impacts of climate change. This presentation will outline the "who", "what", and "how" of the IPCC Report, highlighting who participates in the working groups that create the report, identifying what the report says about wetlands, and sharing strategies for how practitioners can interpret and use the report. I will pay specific attention to freshwater wetlands and their role in landscape greenhouse gas flux, especially given the latest developments in guidelines to national greenhouse gas inventories. The goal of the report is to clarify information that can be used to guide research and management of regional wetland ecosystems in the context of global climate change.
Olivia Johnson is a USGS biologist. She examines plant and soil processes in order to better understand carbon cycling in prairie pothole wetlands. Her master's research in the northern Great Lakes studied how wetland management techniques affect freshwater greenhouse gas flux and nutrient cycling. She received a master's degree from the University of Connecticut in 2018 and a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2016.