https://www.imperial.ac.uk/grantham/publications/earth-and-life-sciences/what-role-can-forests-play-in-tackling-climate-change.php The UK has made a commitment to become carbon zero (i.e. to capture or remove the same amount of carbon as we emit) by 2050. Recent press coverage has led many to believe that by simply planting trees we can reach carbon-zero and solve our climate crisis. This month, Colin was co-author of a … Continue reading What role can forests play in tackling climate change? Grantham briefing paper.
The importance of soil and its role in climate change has been gaining increasing attention. We rely on soil for plant growth and water regulation. Climate change, on top of other human activities including intensive land management, will undoubtedly affect how soil services function. Soil is also an important part of the global terrestrial carbon sink … Continue reading Soil and the economy of leaves: a new paper in New Phytologist. By Jennifer Paillassa and Colin Prentice
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly held each May in Vienna is a highlight for thousands of scientists. It a chance to learn, discuss, share, network and socialise with scientists from across Europe and beyond. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible to hold the conference. Rather than cancel, the organisers used … Continue reading EGU 2020 – Successful and sustainable. Could virtual conferences be the future? By Natalie Sanders
Just over three years ago, a team of modellers, myself included, came together at a meeting held at IIASA (the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) in Laxenburg, Austria (https://iiasa.ac.at/) to brainstorm new ways of modelling ecosystems. Perhaps foolishly, the team decided to write not just one, but two “perspective/review” type papers. The second of … Continue reading New perspective paper in Nature Plants – better late than never. By Colin Prentice
One of the greatest challenges in quantifying the global carbon balance is to correctly estimate how much carbon is accumulated in biomass versus how much is returned to the atmosphere as product of plant respiration. Alessio, Colin and others tackle this challenge in the recent paper published in Global Change Biology (Collalti et al., 2019). … Continue reading Photosynthesis and biomass both influence plant respiration—a new study by Alessio Collalti, Colin Prentice et al.
Photosynthesis may be light-dependent, but what about other (and co-related) climate variables such as temperature? Is it possible to describe the environmental dependencies of gross primary productivity (GPP)? Moving outside the controlled conditions of a growth chamber or greenhouse, attempting to answer such questions for natural ecosystems becomes complicated. Further complexity is generated by plant … Continue reading REALM research update from Dr Keith Bloomfield
The European Space Agency (ESA) Living Planet Symposium was held in Milan, Italy from the 13th to 17th May 2019. The event’s focus on contributions of space technology to science and society and attracted more than 4000 people in the world’s biggest Earth observation conference to date. Prof Colin Prentice and doctoral candidate Alison Prior … Continue reading ESA Living Planet Symposium: The P Model as a satellite-driven tool for GPP prediction.
For 2 days we presented, discussed and analysed flux measurements in the frame of the summer school of the MRes Ecosystem and Environmental Changes master course. Our main goal was to make the students aware of the measurements and post-processed analysis of the flux data. In times where networks such as FLUXNET is making incredible ready-to-use … Continue reading REALM team members take a break from research and teach on the MRes summer school at Imperial. By David Sandoval and Dr Rodolfo Nobrega
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 gathered over 16,000 scientists from 113 countries in Vienna earlier this month. The Prentice Lab showcased their work in sessions ranging in topic from mountain climatology and hydrology to soil plant atmosphere interactions and terrestrial ecosystem carbon and water response. The Prentice Lab’s research (@LabPrentice) centres around explaining and predicting ecosystem carbon and water exchange, and global phytogeographic patterns, and accounting for the functional diversity of terrestrial plant communities. The work presented at EGU highlights some of the lab’s latest results in modelling … Continue reading Prentice Lab at the EGU General Assembly 2019. By Alison Prior
Colin has a new paper out, published in Tree Physiology with Dr Alessio Collalti from Italy. The aim of the paper was to test the reliability and accuracy of a long-held hypothesis due to Waring et al. (1998) that the NPP to GPP ratio is constant (at 0.47). For twenty years, researchers have been trying to … Continue reading Is net primary production of forests a constant fraction of gross primary production? 20 years on and the answer is no, it’s not that simple. By Colin Prentice