System Ecology - Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling
We explore the impacts of environmental and antropogenic changes on terrestrial ecosystem functioning and services such as forest growth, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and shading by trees in cities. We develop process-based dynamic models;
1) To test our current theoretical understanding of processes as we did by incorporating the phosphorous cycle in the CoupModel, a terrestrial ecosystem model,
2) To predict impacts when measuring is not possible, for instance long-term impacts of climate and land use change on soil organic matter, and
3) To verify and scale up in time and space experimental data in order to compare sustainability of different management practices. An example is the development of the Tracey model to predict the spreading and storage of radionuclides in plants. See links to references below.