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Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System Study


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Corvallis, Oregon 97331

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About Us: Dynamic Vegetation Models (DVMs)

Ecosystem models developed in the past to assess the effects of climate and land use changes have generally fallen into two categories:

  • Biogeochemistry models that simulate the carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles
  • Biogeography models (i.e., MAPSS) that predict vegetation distribution under varying climates

The integration of biogeogeography and biogeochemistry models into transient models (dynamic vegetation models) that could illustrate real-time ecological effects of climate change has been an important next step in model development.

Two such models are under construction by the MAPSS research team:

These new dynamic vegetation models will be useful for exploring management options at all scales from landscape to regional, national, and global.

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