Ron Neilson

Oregon State University, USDA Forest Service

Discerning and modeling the causal relations between the global climate and ecosystem processes and vegetation distribution. The model will accurately represent the energy, water and trace gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere and will simultaneously determine the type of vegetation that can be supported, its location and ecosystem processes and the vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbances and alternative land-use practices. Current research explores the mechanisms of climate-biosphere interactions at scales ranging from landscape to continental with various modeling exercises at all levels. Recent research will apply these new tools for forecasting of national fire risks over the next 3-12 months.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling