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The role of vegetation dynamics in regional climate system: mechanisms and case studies

Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Minchao WU from Rossby Centre, SMHI.

Abstract:
Vegetated cover of the globe is expected to change considerably under future climate change. Changes in vegetated land surface have been suggested to impose significant impacts on not only large scale atmospheric pattern through biogeophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks, but also local and regional climate. This has become one of the main motivations for the global modelling community to incorporate vegetation dynamics into the land surface model of General circulation models (GCMs), to evolve to Earth system models (ESMs). Incorporating vegetation dynamics into regional climate models (RCMs) is still in its infancy, it deserves continuous efforts to resolve scale-related issue when changing from coarse to fine resolutions, for example, the representation of extremes and their impacts on land surfaces, vegetation dynamics and the corresponding land-atmosphere interactions. Here I will talk about the importance of vegetation dynamics in regional climate system and illustrate the mechanism behind, along with demonstrations of different land-atmosphere interactions from high-latitude to tropical regions as case studies. It is therefore believed that climate projections considering vegetation dynamics in regional climate modelling system would be more realistic and can provide more actionable climate services.

Short bio of the speaker:
Minchao WU is a climate researcher at Rossby Centre, SMHI, working with dynamical downscaling using regional climate models. He obtained his PhD degree at Lund University in 2017, with the focus on vegetation dynamics and land-atmosphere interactions in regional climate system. His previous researches include forest fire modelling, ecosystem productivity over tropical and semi-arid regions, and using high-resolution coupled regional climate model to investigate impacts of land surface changes on environment over different regions. He is recently interested in dependency of simulated climatology and extremes on model resolutions, and its implications to ecological modelling.

Date: 6/20/2019

Categories: Research

Location: Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5 A
Room Nordenskjöld (4.044) at GVC (Guldhedsgatan 5A)

Contact person: Deliang Chen

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