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GREENCYCLES Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Research and Training Network


Raquel García González

Phone: +33 (0)1 69 08 31 01
+33 (0)1 69 08 77 33
Email: raquel.garcia - atnospam -

Postal Address:
Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE)
Orme des Merisiers - Bâtiment 712
91191 Gif-sur-Yvette CEDEX


current research | curriculum vitae | publications | carrer development plan (internal)

Current Research: Ecosystem processes in Mediterranean and Mountain zones

The purpose of this project is to improve dynamic global vegetation model representations of processes important in Mediterranean and mountain ecosystems. This early-stage researcher position is focused on ecosystem physiology and carbon-water interactions in the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environment (Gif-sur-Yvette CEDEX, France) using the ORCHIDEE model, which is a component of the coupled IPSL GCM, and is used to study feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. ORCHIDEE will be further developed, and validated, to incorporate ecosystem physiology processes important in Mediterranean climates with strong seasonality in soil moisture. Comparisons with other available models will be performed within the network in collaboration with other GREENCYCLES partners (CREAF - Barcelona (Spain) and Centre for Alpine Ecology, Trento (Italy)). The researcher will also collaborate with other members of the host group in the collection and interpretation of field data to investigate uncertainties in responses of ecosystems to climate change in these Mediterranean Ecosystems.

1st Secondment: Centre for Ecologycal Research and Forestry Applications – CREAF – Barcelona – Spain (March-May 2007)

2nd Secondment: Centre for Alpine Ecology, Trento - Italy (October-December 2007)

This project (ESR I) contributes to the science objective 1 (Quantify feedbacks in the global carbon cycle) of GREENCYCLES and has links to the projects of Sönke (ER 1) and Trevor (ESRVII).

Curriculum Vitae

since 12/2005 Greencyclist at the LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette, FR
2002 - 2005 CEAM –Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo – Valencia (SP). Enviromental Research of Mediterranean
2004 - 2005 1st year of PhD in Thermodynamic and Environmental Physics at University of Valencia (SP)
1995 - 2002 Physical Science, with specialization in meteorological and climatic subjects. University Complutense of Madrid (SP)