Understanding Ecosystem Processes
Understanding of ecosystem processes is essential to support human life, for example to enhance crop management, to manage rising greenhouse gas emissions, and to improve water quality. Patterns and processes are observed at all scales, from mineral grains to the whole planet. Key processes include the weather, atmospheric chemistry, wildlife populations, plant communities, recruitment processes, maintenance of water quality, and water regimes to support a full range of aquatic and wetland habitats.
The Landscape Futures Program is conducting research covering many of these issues.Projects have developed under two major research themes: