HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
The greening of the North: real, and caused by climate change

Some years ago Ranga Myneni and his colleagues at Boston University published a paper in Nature apparently showing a "greening trend" in the boreal regions. The finding was based on satellite observations, and many scientists were sceptical about it because of problems of instrumental "drift" that could possibly make any observed long-term trend unreliable. The Boston team, however, persisted in their efforts to re-analyze the data, taking into account all possible anomalies. The trend would not go away, and it has become clearer with time as new data have come in.

A possible cause was always obvious: weather station records from the North have reported a steady warming (by about 0.4 degree per decade), which is now generally attributed to the increasing greenhouse effect. Warming in the North might be expected to produce "greening". However, it was not trivial to connect the weather station data to the satellite data to find out whether there was a quantitative correlation between the two trends. Although computer-based numerical models of the physical climate have been used for three decades to analyze the possible consequences of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, comparable global models of ecosystem dynamics are a much more recent development.

Now, a major activity of the Global Ecology research group at MPI-BGC, under the leadership of Prof. Colin Prentice, is the ongoing development of a leading global terrestrial ecosystem model. The model is called LPJ, after the three research groups (led by Prof. Colin Prentice at MPI-BGC, Prof. Wolfgang Cramer at PIK; and Prof. Martin Sykes at Lund University) that participate in the model development consortium. The basic idea of the model is to integrate current knowledge in separate fields (plant physiology and biophysics, terrestrial ecology and hydrology), to simulate the interaction of processes with different time constants (minutes to years), and to use all possible sources of information
'"/>

Contact: I.Colin Prentice
colin.prentice@bgc-jena.mpg.de
49-3641-643-774
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
10-Jun-2002


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Climate change plus human pressure caused large mammal extinctions in late Pleistocene
2. New evidence says Earths greatest extinction caused by ancient meteorite
3. Widespread cannibalism may have caused prehistoric prion disease epidemics, Science study suggests
4. Cell density determines extent of damage caused by cigarette smoke exposure
5. Prion disease may be caused by buildup of cellular trash, say Stanford researchers
6. Environmental enrichment reverses learning impairments caused by lead poisoning
7. The effects of human-caused atmospheric changes on tropical forests
8. Widespread amphibian deformities caused by parasite
9. River blindness caused by bacteria, not worms, suggesting antibiotic treatment for the disease, Science researchers say
10. Johns Hopkins researchers find more extensive bone defects caused by bladder exstrophy
11. Studies: Floyd, other major hurricanes of 99 caused significant changes in nations largest lagoonal estuary

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: The greening the North real and caused climate change

(Date:10/17/2014)... news release is available in German . ... only a very few drugs. When treating overdoses, doctors are ... is especially difficult if there is a combination of drugs ... playing and accidentally swallows his grandmother,s pills? ETH professor Jean-Christophe ... wanted to find an answer to this question. "The task ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... William and Mary,s Virginia Institute of Marine Science ... Environmental Protection Agency to identify the streams and ... develop tools to help local governments and citizens ... critically on a dataset of tidal-marsh observations first ... with this historical baseline can today,s researchers accurately ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... Melbourne researchers have challenged conventional thinking on how the ... new mechanism for how bowel cancer starts. , The ... maintaining and regenerating the ,crypts, that are a feature ... are involved in bowel cancer development, a controversial finding ... existence. , Using 3D imaging technologies, Dr Chin Wee ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Emergency aid for overdoses 2Emergency aid for overdoses 3EPA grant will help localities conserve headwater wetlands 2EPA grant will help localities conserve headwater wetlands 3Cryptic clues drive new theory of bowel cancer development 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... BOSTON , Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... global specialty pharmaceutical company, and Rhythm, a biopharmaceutical company, ... option to acquire Rhythm,s wholly owned subsidiary, Rhythm Health, ... agonist, for the treatment of diabetic gastroparesis and other ... a successful Phase 2 trial of relamorelin for the ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Cranford, NJ (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... technologies and services – has been working with a ... Health and New Haven Farms Community Farming Collaborative to ... iPad-based ePRO solution. The study, which started in ... Wellness program that provides participants weekly exposure to and ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014   Synthetic Biologics, ... novel pathogen-specific therapies for serious infections and diseases, announced ... issued a Notice of Allowance for a composition of ... C. difficile program, SYN-004. This is Synthetic ... in the U.S. and adds to the Company,s extensive ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 The ... (Medication Dispensing Systems, Packaging and Labeling Systems, Table-top ... Automation) - Global Forecasts & Trends to 2019” ... and opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and ... 101 market tables and 30 figures spread through ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Actavis Signs Option to Acquire Rhythm Subsidiary and its GI Development Product, Relamorelin 2Actavis Signs Option to Acquire Rhythm Subsidiary and its GI Development Product, Relamorelin 3Actavis Signs Option to Acquire Rhythm Subsidiary and its GI Development Product, Relamorelin 4Actavis Signs Option to Acquire Rhythm Subsidiary and its GI Development Product, Relamorelin 5myPROpad™ Topic of Panel Discussion at the Yale Food Systems Symposium 2myPROpad™ Topic of Panel Discussion at the Yale Food Systems Symposium 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 2Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 4Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4
Cached News: