Linking leaves to global climate: Understanding terrestrial ecosystems in changing environments

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3:30 pm

Space Research Building Auditorium, room 2246

CLASP Seminar Series continues next week with Dr. Danica Lombardozzi of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Terrestrial ecosystems plan an integral role in regulating Earth’s climate through their cycling of carbon, water, and energy. Humans are altering these fluxes by perturbing terrestrial ecosystems through land use change, land management, and climate change. In this talk, I explore how terrestrial processes, ranging form leaf-level to global scales, respond to human perturbations and, in turn, how changes to terrestrial ecosystems impact climate. Insight into the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and climate is fundamental to understanding the future of our planet and the natural resources and ecosystems services it provides. This is vital to creating policies effective in regulating perturbations and improving the quality of life for human society.