Title: Scaling plant physiology to emergent global processes: Modeling terrestrial ecosystems in changing environments
Abstract: Terrestrial ecosystems play 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 use the Community Land Model to explore how terrestrial processes, ranging from 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 ecosystem services it provides. This is vital to creating policies effective in regulating perturbations and improving the quality of life for human society.