IGPP Seminar Series

Carbon-climate Feedback: Plants, Warming, and Drought

by Nir Krakauer, sponsored by Geosciences Initiative
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

Abstract

The impact of global warming on rainfall and water availability may be more important for human activities and natural ecosystems than warming will directly, yet confidence in model projection is low because the water cycle is so complex. I will show how observed trends in stream flow provide tests of alternative hypotheses about the effect of greenhouse warming on plant water use over the USA, and discuss how observations at different scales of how plants respond to changing climate conditions can together help illuminate hydrological aspects of carbon-climate feedbacks.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM