Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change

Project Description
RISCC is an expired SCAR biology programme. The overall aim of RiSCC was to understand the likely response of Antarctic ecosytems to climate change and from this to develop theories concerning the interaction between climate change, indigenous and introduced species and ecosystem functioning.

The specific aim of the Antarctic RiSCC programme was to understand the interactions between biodiversity, functioning and climate of Antarctic terrestrial and limnetic ecosystems, and to predict regional sensitivity to the impacts of climate change. This was to be achieved through gaining understanding of the differences in environments and biodiversity within and between ecosytems, potential for ecosystem processes to respond to changes in climate, and different effects of climate change on components of individual ecosytems.

RiSCC has now been superceeded by the SCAR programme Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica - the response of life to change (EBA).