Multidisciplinary Research Team Developing Advanced Arctic Ecosystem Model

October 24, 2014
By Jessica Rohde

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program sponsors a range of research activities that lead to an improved predictive understanding of terrestrial ecosystems. BER places priority on ecosystems that are sensitive to change, globally important, and poorly represented in models.


Lawrence Berkeley Nat'l Lab - Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer © 2010 The Regents of the University of California, through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project exemplifies this philosophy; a large, multidisciplinary team of researchers is developing a process-rich ecosystem model of the Arctic. In this model, the evolution of tundra landscapes in a warming climate can be modeled at the scale of a high-resolution Earth System Model. Current research is taking place on the Barrow Environmental Observatory (BEO) near Barrow, Alaska and will soon expand to include sites on the Seward Peninsula.

Learn more about this project and its approach to tackling this challenge by browsing the project web site, visiting the team’s blog, or paging through their most recent Quarterly Newsletter.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Stan Wullschleger, Department of Energy.

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