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Vegetation Dynamics and Climate Change Workshop

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Research needs extending beyond “Blueprint for Australian Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Research”.

Canberra, Australia
August 14-15 2007
Australian Academy of Science, Shine Dome


Under the Australian Greenhouse Office’s Blueprint for Australian Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Research, the three immediate research priorities for new projects are the documentation of the patterns of carbon sources and sinks across Australia, understanding the vulnerability of terrestrial carbon sinks into the future, and introducing some interactive coupling of terrestrial carbon cycle processes into global climate models. As a priority for Phase 2, dynamic global vegetation modelling (DGVM) suited to Australia is noted for the longer term research direction. This workshop considered and prioritised longer term research needs to better understand basic biological/ecological processes driving vegetation dynamics.
Participant contact details
(doc, 150Kb) [as of 15 August, 2007]. Science programme developed by Dr Roger Gifford, Australian Academy of Science National Committee, Earth System Science Chair.


Presentations

Day 1

Session 1
Roger Gifford

Setting the scene: current conceptual & modelling approaches to the climate-land surface links and vegetation dynamics (Introduction pdf Mb)

1

Eva Kowalczyk
(CSIRO, CMAR)

Land cover coupling to the climate system
(pdf 1.13 Mb) (Abstract pdf 19kb)

2

Steve Roxburgh
(Bushfire CRC, UNSW & Ensis)

A modelling perspective for framing thoughts on vegetation composition dynamics in relation to climate change
(pdf 1 Mb) (Abstract pdf 104kb)

3

Mark Westoby
(Macquarie University)

The potential utility of, and developments in, the plant functional type concept. (pdf 1.11 Mb) (Abstract pdf 21kb)

4

Dave Hilbert
(CSIRO CSE)

Regional modelling of vegetation distribution in Australia
(pdf 1.65 Mb) (Abstract pdf 175 kb)

5

Gary Richards
(NCAS, AGO)

Next decade research needs for managing the climate/vegetation nexus in Australia: An NCAS/AGO view.
(pdf 83 kb)

 

 

Session 2
John Raison

Taking stock: Processes that shape the nature and distribution of Australian vegetation communities

6

Robert Hill
(University of Adelaide)

Climate & atmospheric composition: palaeo-evidence
(pdf 9.52 Mb)

7

Neil McKenzie
(CSIRO, CLW)

Soils and Nutrients
(pdf 5.04 Mb)

8

Ross Bradstock
(Bushfire CRC)

Fire
(pdf 3.04 Mb)

9

Andy Sheppard
(CSIRO Entomology)

Herbivory
(pdf 1.95 Mb) (Abstract pdf 18kb)

10

Josh Dorrough
(VicDPI & CSIRO CSE)

Human land management & impacts
(pdf 1.32 Mb)

     

Day 2

Session 3
Mark Westoby

Potential futures: Vulnerability of, and change in, vegetation composition and condition and ecosystem function under climate change

11

Rod Fensham
(Queensland Herbarium)

Impact of climate trends and extremes
(pdf 4.04 Mb)

12

Graham Farquhar
(ANU RSBS)

The changing atmosphere

13

Mark Stafford Smith (CSIRO)

Human adaptation of land management
(ppt 1.77 Mb)

14

Geoff Cary
(Bushfire CRC)

Changed fire patterns, frequency and intensity
(pdf 1.27 Mb) (Abstract pdf 183kb)

15

Andy Pitman  (UNSW)

Data and research needs for validating an Australian DGVM
(pdf 963 kb)

     

 

Session 4
Andy Pitman

Biogeochemical cycles: Potential effects of future vegetation dynamics on carbon and nutrient cycling in the whole ecosystem, and on hydrology

16

Roger Gifford (CSIRO CPI)

Biomass and soil carbon (pdf 1.29 Mb) (Abstract pdf 31 kb)

17

Derek Eamus, (UTS)

Hydrology (pdf 2.09 Mb)

18

Belinda Medlyn
(Macquarie Univ)

Nutrient cycling
(pdf 683 kb) (Abstract pdf 34kb)

Please direct inquires to Roger Gifford, workshop convenor - roger.gifford@csiro.au

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