BDCC 2018 - International Workshop on BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IIT Kharagpur
IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur West Bengal

24 February 2018 - 24 February 2018

BDCC 2018 - International Workshop on BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IIT Kharagpur

Event Description

INTRODUCTION Biodiversity is continually transferred by a changing climate. Conditions change across the face of the planet, sometimes slowly, sometimes in larger increments leading to rearrangements of biological associations. But, now a new type of climate change, brought about by human activities is being added to this natural variability, threatening to accelerate the loss of biodiversity already under way due to other human stressors. The carbon cycle and the water cycle, arguably the two most important large-scale processes for life on Earth, both depend on biodiversity at genetic, species, and ecosystem levels and can yield feedbacks to climate change. Maintaining and restoring healthy ecosystems plays a key role in adapting to and mitigating climate change through biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and sustainable land management and yields multiple environmental, economic and social benefits. Ecosystems provide a wide range of provisioning (e.g. food and fibre), regulating (e.g. climate change and floods), cultural (e.g. flagship species and aesthetic tourism) and supporting (e.g. soil formation) services, critical to human well-being including human health, livelihoods, nutritious food, security and social cohesion. Climate change is a rapidly increasing stress on ecosystems and can exacerbate the effects of other stresses, including from habitat fragmentation, loss and conversion, over-exploitation, invasive alien species and pollution. Human-induced climate change could shift the net natural carbon cycle towards annual net emissions from terrestrial sinks and weaken ocean sinks through temperature rises and CO2 concentrations, thus further accelerating climate change. Functional diversity can explain and predict the impact of organisms on ecosystems and thereby provide a mechanistic link between the two. Critical points in developing predictive measures of functional diversity are the choice of functional traits with which organisms are distinguished, how the diversity of that trait information is summarized into a measure of functional diversity, and that the measures of functional diversity are validated through quantitative analyses and experimental tests. Global modelling has been useful in obtaining an overview of possible gross changes in growth form and vegetation distributions. Yet, conservation planning requires information about species range shifts at specific sites and within specific regions. Accordingly, more detailed regional modelling of biotic changes is of fundamental importance in understanding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. Remote sensing (RS) taking images or other measurements of Earth from above provides a unique perspective on what is happening on the Earth and thus plays a special role in biodiversity and conservation applications. RS also provides a variety of information that facilitates estimating species distributions, and is an essential input into models that estimate overall biodiversity and how it is changing. The new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity contains a coherent overarching framework to assess progress toward twenty ambitious, but achievable targets, collectively known as the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Target 15 seeks to relate biodiversity and climate change in both directions and can benefit from the observations conducted by the climate change community. At its 11th Conference of the Parties (COP-11) in Hyderabad, India in October 2012, the CBD adopted an indicator framework for the Biodiversity Strategic Plan and notably for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


For Scientists/officials from academia/others: Rs. 5000/- (Including Food; excluding accommodation) For Students: (*approval certificate required) Rs. 3000/- Accommodation*:(in IIT Guest House, Limited)

Double Room with double occupancy: Rs. 1200/- per day Double Room with single occupancy: Rs. 800/- per day Single Room with single occupancy: Rs. 300/- per day Hostel Accommodation for Students: Rs. 150/- per day

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline

(Up to 500-Words in MS Word format)          20th January 2018

Abstract Acceptance Intimation                    26th January 2018

Full paper Submission Deadline (on intimation only) (Up to 5000-Words in MS Word format) 10th March 2018 

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  • Environmental Science
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  • Workshop

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M.D Behera,

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MK Dash ,

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