Vegetation Dynamics in Response to Climate Change

2014 to 2017

Large-scale changes in ecosystem dynamics have occurred over the past two centuries due to direct human impacts leading to land conversion and indirect human impacts on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. This reseearch area investigates mainly how vegetation dynamics have responded to global change at regional to global scales using dynamic global vegetation models. In the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the LPJ-GUESS dynamic global vegetation model is being developed and applied to investigate climate change and fire interactions on vegetation patterns and biogeochemical cycles, as well as to investigate changes in river flow over the past 100 years. Collaborations with NGO’s, state, and federal agencies support and motivate much of the regional modeling applications.

Project undergraduate Jared Hoy has developed an EPA Emission Reductions Tool:


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Montana State University
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