OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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Past Projects

We have an ongoing research program in the western US supported by NOAA and DOE. We are improving representation of terrestrial processes, such as carbon allocation in forests and drought-induced mortality in the Community Land Model (CLM4.5), the land model portion of the Community Earth System Model (CESM 1.2) (DOE support).

We are currently working on:

  • Improving representation of terrestrial biogeochemical processes in...
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Scaling Methods, Validation, and Results Across Major Forest Types and Age Classes

Key Findings

Net ecosystem productivity (NEP) is a critical characteristic of terrestrial ecosystem response to environment. Processes controlling NEP operate on a variety of temporal and spatial scales and are influenced by physiology, allocation, forest development, climate and disturbance. We used a spatially nested hierarchy of field and remote-sensing observations and a...

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Carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation have been estimated to contribute 12–20% of total anthropogenic CO2 emissions, ranking as the second largest source of CO2 to the atmosphere, after fossil fuel burning. Global monitoring of forest biomass is therefore critical to understanding the global carbon balance, and to support international agreements on greenhouse gases and carbon markets.

Currently, remote sensing approaches used for verifying carbon fluxes from...

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