Climate Change and Water Security

Global climate is changing due to fossil fuel use and other human activities.  Analysis of global trends show an observed increase of 1°C in globally-averaged surface temperature and a predicted additional 2-4°C over the next 100 years.  Change in temperature and other climate variables such as humidity and precipitation, however, show substantial spatial variation. SomeContinue reading “Climate Change and Water Security”

Informatics

Eco-informatics uses computer science and data analysis tools to aid in the observation, understanding and ultimately prediction of environmental system behavior. Our lab group specializes in eco-informatics related to understanding the terrestrial environment  and how it processes water, energy, nutrients, and carbon. We specialize in the design and application of dynamic simulation models and linkingContinue reading “Informatics”

Ecosystems and Disturbance: Drought, Disease, Fire

Ecosystems are not static!  Ecosystems of all types (from semi-arid shrublands to conifer forests in snowy mountains, to urban greenspaces) are in a continual state of change. Some changes are gradual, such as the year to year changes in forest biomass that can be observed by looking at tree rings or through remote sensing ofContinue reading “Ecosystems and Disturbance: Drought, Disease, Fire”

Urban Systems

Urban areas are rapidly expanding and an increasing fraction of the world’s population lives in urban or suburban areas.  Our research in urban areas focuses on quantifying the impacts of urbanization on water quality, and water availability and flood risk. We also look at urban areas as functioning ecosystems – examining how vegetated patches inContinue reading “Urban Systems”