Montverde in the mist of Global Warming

This topic submitted by Nicole Berzins ( berzinnk@miamioh.edu) at 11:24 AM on 4/4/06.

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Montverde in the mist of Global Warming


This discussion will focus on several factors that formulate a vulnerable situation for the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. We will begin by exploring the reasons a cloud forest is so fragile. Different fragile components of the cloud forest will be disclosed as well. A minimal tangent of climate change effects on the change in weather patterns in Costa Rica will be discussed. A discussion hypothesis of how weather has affected the Monteverdi region will be included.
Once an understanding of the impact of climate change or “global warming” has been discussed, then dialogue of the documented changes in the decades can transpire. An important factor of this discussion will be considering what other types of changes will be seen as climate changes continues to impact the cloud forest region. Finally aspects of conservation will be discussed.
Outline

Montverde ~ Unique in its own way
- Geological information
- Cloud Forest Species
Uniqueness results in vulnerable ecosystem
- Susceptibility
- Current conservation efforts
Encroachment of a new force
- Global Warming
o Minimal history
o Effects on weather patterns
Global Warming effects on the Montverde
- Raising of the clouds
o Impacts on life in the cloud forest
o Implication of this change due to recession of clouds
Conservation and community
- Community Livelihood; dwindling cloud forest impacts
- What impacts follow effects of climate change
- How can scientists and citizens help to offset these impacts


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