SENSE Research Cluster VII: Processes in soil, water and atmosphere
It is necessary to improve our fundamental understanding of natural processes in soil, water and the atmosphere. Knowledge about the dynamics of e.g. water, carbon and nutrients, within and between environmental compartments, is essential for the development of adequate (coupled) models for climate, water and ecosystems. Participants in this cluster investigate through experimental and modeling research natural processes in interaction with biological processes. In addition, anthropogenic influences on natural processes are examined. The quantity and quality of natural resources are investigated.
This research focuses on a thorough understanding of natural processes, as a basis for change modeling. The unraveling of hydrological and biogeochemical cycles has a high scientific complexity. It is important to note that the support for integrated soil and water management has a high societal relevance and sustains ecosystem integrity. Participants in this SENSE Research Cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with clear societal communication.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
The role of groundwater in energy and water balances at different scales
The influence of changing hydrological regimes on ecosystems
The future distribution of carbon between the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere
The relation between quality and the quantity of natural resources in couple soil-water-plant-atmosphere systems
Optimal strategies for the observation of meteorological and hydrological phenomena.
We welcome experts of processes in soil, water and atmosphere to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
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