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
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".