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Terrestrial Wetland Function and Resilience Scientific Focus Area

Wetlands are expected to release a lot of methane and other greenhouse gases due to climate change impacts like rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. The Terrestrial Wetland Function and Resilience Science Focus Area aims to understand how climate affects wetland ecosystems through experiments, observations, and modeling. Our goals are to see how soil properties, plant and microbial communities, and changing conditions impact wetland functions and greenhouse gas emissions, and to find common patterns in these emissions across different wetland types to improve Earth System models. The project is divided into three research themes: studying small-scale mechanisms like redox reactions and microbial activity, large-scale ecosystem processes involving plant-soil-microbial interactions, and creating new ways to model wetland functions. Each theme focuses on things like microbial activity, plant-soil interactions, and how to model wetland variability and resilience in a changing climate.
Keywords biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics, ecological process, Ecosystem function, methane, reactive transport model
TYPE Scientific Focus Area
Principal Investigator (PI)
Roser Matamala
Lead Institution
Other Collaborators
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center University of Minnesota University of Nevada
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