Brian Pickard is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Fellow with the U.S. EPA, Landscape Ecology Division. He currently works as part of a team developing the EnviroAtlas. Brian’s research focuses on modeling and forecasting ecosystem services based on future climate and land use/land change scenarios. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. He received his MS in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and his BA in Natural Resource Management from Western Washington University.

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Global climate change has emerged as the significant challenge of the 21st century. While discussions tend to center on greenhouse gases, other factors such as technological developments, land and energy use, economics, and population growth play a critical role in understanding climate change. As a result of the interconnected nature of these …

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