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HOW DO SEASONAL CYCLES SHAPE LIFE CYCLES? A UNIFYING FRAMEWORK TO UNDERSTAND VARIATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND PREDICT SHIFTS IN A CHANGING WORLD

Project description

How changes to the seasons due to climate change will affect biological activity

Climate change has distorted the length of the warm "growing" season (i.e. summer) around the world, causing a shift in the timing of seasonal biological activity (phenology). The EU-funded CyclesOfLife project will develop a framework that unites the evidence with ecological and evolutionary principles to understand the source of variations and forecast continued phenological shifts. This framework will be based on quantitative tools from life-history theory and evolutionary demography and validated at the global scale with Big Data. It will use the gradient of growing season lengths that exists across the planet's latitudes to test the relationship between season length and phenology and predict how phenology might continue to change in the future under different climate change scenarios.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom

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Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00