Ronald P. Neilson

Oregon State University

The long-term goal is to build vegetation models that are applicable at scales from landscape to global. 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.

Vegetation Modeling, Downscaling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts