Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminars

Using global vegetation models to understand interactions between the land and atmosphere

Jed Kaplan (University of Calgary)

Thursday, Jun 20, 2024
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Pierce Hall, 100F | Remote option

Global vegetation models are powerful tools for exploring hypotheses about how climate change and human activities affect ecosystems and feedback to climate. The past 40 years have seen the development and application of dynamic global vegetation models of increasing complexity and resolution. Today, these models are used in a very wide range of studies on the past, present, and future of the earth system. Here I will provide an overview of my work on modeling global and regional patterns of vegetation distribution, wildfire, wetlands, and biogeochemical cycling including carbon sequestration and methane emissions. I will show results of new research using vegetation modeling to understand long-term changes in wildfire globally and in North America.

Speaker Bio

Jed Kaplan studied Earth Sciences and Geography at Dartmouth College, USA and received his Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from Lund University, Sweden. He was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis in Victoria, BC, Canada. He was a Marie Curie Fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy and subsequently held several positions in Switzerland, including professorships at the EPFL and University of Lausanne supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Research Council. Jed was a senior research fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong, and Senior Scientist in the Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg. He is currently Professor in the Department of Earth, Energy, and Environment at the University of Calgary, Canada. Jed’s research interests center around the relationships between land cover and climate and how human-environment interactions affect environment and feed back to societies and human health.


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