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GREENCYCLES Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Research and Training Network: News


January -February 2006

Five Greencycles Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) as well as 3 Greencycles Senior Scientists are participating in ERCA 2006 - the European Research Course on Atmospheres.

ERCA is a five week long course on atmospheres. The first four weeks are spent in Grenoble, France and the final week is spent at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, near the small city of Forcalquier (170km south of Grenoble).


The five Greencycles ESRs in attendance at ERCA this year are Raquel García González, Marlies Gumpenberger, Sarah Shannon, Marcin Jackowicz-Korcyn and Anna Lourantou. All five will presenting their current or future Greencycles work in the form of poster presentations. Raquel will present her future work subject which is the improvement of dynamic global vegetation model representations of processes important in Mediterranean and mountain ecosystems. Marlies will be presenting the policy implications for land use and cover change, and feedbacks with the atmosphere - simulation of crops/pastures in a dynamic global vegetation model. Sarah's poster subject is the validation and development of an existing global dust cycle model to incorporate changes in land surface characteristics. Marcin will be presenting the emissions of methane from northern wetlands: implications for large scale climate modelling. Finally, Anna's poster will present her future work: Reconstruction of past trends in CH4 and CO mixing and isotopic rations from ice core measurements, and their consequences through biogeochemical modelling.

Greencycles Senior Scientists Wolfgang Lucht, Andy Watson and Richard Betts will be contributing to ERCA 2006. Wolfgang Lucht will be giving a seminar on Thursday, January 19th titled, "The future of the biosphere: where are we heading?". Andy Watson will be giving two lectures, the first on Thursday, January 19th: "Atmospheric oxygen and the major transitions of Earth history"; and the second on Friday, January 20th: "What controls atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations over glacial-interglacial cycles?". Richard Betts will also be giving two lectures, the first on Wednesday, January 25th: "Forcing of climate change by large-scale vegetation changes"; and the second on Thursday, January 26th: "Feedbacks on climate change by large-scale vegetation changes".