Ecosystems

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

CCRC academic staff currently active in this area of research