Vegetation - Soil
Vegetation plays an important role in the climate system in the boreal zone. A warmer climate will impact a longer growing season; changes, which in turn influence the atmospheric circulation and the hydrological cycle.
Alpine vegetation in Norway. Photo: Peter Horvath
About Vegetation - Soil
The LATICE group aims to improve the representation of vegetation and soil in ESMs through field and modelling studies. Exchange of energy, water and chemical compounds between the atmosphere and underlying vegetation and soil will be modelled and measured (flux towers) for different seasons and surface conditions. Two areas of specific interest are:
Vegetation ecology modelling
Vegetation is monitored through different field campaigns and remote sensing. The vegetation migrations driven by climate change and land use abandonment are being studied on examples of forest-and-treeline shifts. Distribution of vegetation types is mapped, compared and evaluated using different modelling approaches. Flux measurements captured by the flux tower at Finse Research Station are compared with the attributing types of vegetation in the surrounding footprint.
Climate impacts of biogenic emissions
Formation of aerosols and ozone from Biogenic Volatile Organic Components (BVOCs) and impacts on atmospheric chemistry and physics are studied, in particular cloud formation. At the same time the uptake of ozone in plants will be modelled.
- Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo
- Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
- The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo