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Representing landscape-scale heterogeneity in plant traits and feedbacks with fire impacts

Date: May 12, 2015
Presenter(s): Kristen Emmett
Description: Effectively modeling landscape-scale heterogeneity and its feedbacks on vegetation and fire dynamics is a persistent and timely challenge in a rapidly changing climate. Towards addressing this challenge, my doctoral research focuses on predicting climate-fire-vegetation interactions under projected climate scenarios for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In this presentation I will share results from improving representations of species distributions, post-fire regeneration, and mechanistic fire processes in the dynamic vegetation model LPJ-GUESS. These advancements pose to improve model robustness and realism in representing heterogeneity. I will also provide a brief overview of developments in using flexible plant traits in ecological and fire impact modeling and newly available plant trait databases. 
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 14877
Record updated: Dec 20, 2016