The focus of research of Terrer Laboratory is Climate Science. We are working to answer some of the central questions in Earth system science and climate-change research by employing a holistic view of Earth’s dynamics at a global scale, with a focus on plant-soil interactions. We synthesize large datasets of field observations and remote-sensing data through meta-analysis, machine-learning, and other statistical approaches to better understand the global functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.

Our studies are grouped in two main intersected research lines:

Carbon ecology - To improve our ecological understanding of the dynamics modulating the capacity of terrestrial ecosystems to store carbon in a climate-change context (CO2 rising, warming, nitrogen deposition, changes in water regimes). The final goal is to make climate models more realistic by focusing on model uncertainties.

Solutions - To identify and implement data-driven strategies to maximize carbon uptake in terrestrial ecosystems while optimizing ecological dynamics. A better understanding will facilitate advances to slow global warming.

Our big questions

How much carbon can we recapture in soils with cropland restoration?

What are the feedbacks that link biodiversity and carbon storage?

How much nitrogen can plants absorb from the soil yearly?

Has climate change helped sequestering soil carbon?

 Illustration by Victor O. Leshyk          

Ilustration by Victor O. Leshyk
Picture by Ana Docampo


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