Researchers in the CCRC are currently:
- investigating the ability of land surface models to reproduce ecosystem carbon and water dynamics. Researchers are working closely with ecosystem-scale land-based observation teams both within Australia and internationally to integrate new streams of ecological data into land surface model parameterisation, benchmarking and evaluation. Specific areas of model development include groundwater-transpration relationships, representation of heterotrophic respiration and holistic evaluation of water and carbon fluxes in a range of diverse ecosystems globally.
- development of marine ecosystem models to improve the representation of the marine carbon cycle in climate models
- modelling and investigating marine ecosystems in order to better understand their likely impacts and responses to elevated CO2 concentrations and ocean acidification.
- investigation of the past, present and future ocean carbon cycle and ecosystem-climate related feedbacks
- studying the pathways and fate of plastics and other contaminants in the ocean, and how these build up into the great ocean garbage patches.