About this Research Topic
Natural and human-impacted terrestrial ecosystems are key component of the climate and earth systems. They play a vital role on the energy, water and mass cycles between land and atmosphere through biogeophysical and biogeochemical pathways. Climate change has a significant impact on the terrestrial ecosystem in terms of vegetation coverage, plant structures, and the biochemical and biophysical activities. At the same time, terrestrial ecosystem feedbacks to climate change. Such complex mechanisms underlying the interactions of terrestrial ecosystem and climate are still not yet adequately understood. For example, will there be a sharp shift of biomass types in the boreal region triggering a tipping point due to climate change? Could the Amazon rainforest become a carbon source in the future? Could afforestation alleviate global warming? And if so, how could we help to facilitate this?
The goal of this Research Topic is to further explore the mechanisms underlying the relationship of terrestrial biomass and climate on global and regional scales, improve the numerical modeling schemes in terrestrial ecosystem and its interactions with climate, decrease the modelling uncertainties, and increase the credibility of predictions and projections. We would like to draw researchers’ attention on this topic with new-developed or updated datasets, optimized or new methodologies, and solid or fresh findings. The research endeavor could deepen our understanding on how and why the terrestrial ecosystem changes under global warming, as well as its impact on climate change, providing scientific information to governance arrangements regarding the utilization of terrestrial ecosystem resources.
We welcome papers on the following topics:
• Data science for terrestrial ecosystem;
• The geophysical and geochemical mechanisms of the interactions between terrestrial ecosystem and global or local climate;
• Improvements on the vegetation modeling and uncertainty quantification;
• Predictions and/or projections on terrestrial ecosystem and its interactions with climate;
• Response of terrestrial ecosystem to extreme climate and its feedback.
Keywords: terrestrial ecosystems, ecosystems, climate change, data science, local climate, extreme climate, climate, terrestrial biomass, modelling
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