What does it take to do innovative research on the future of California's forests, and the relationships between climate change, drought, tree mortality, and wildfire?
For one thing, it takes a LOT of smart people.
These are all the scientists we've convened (so far) on our California Ecosystem Futures project. It's a crack team of climate, vegetation, and fire modelers, remote sensing experts, field observationalists, and fire management experts, hailing from UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Los Alamos National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. We connect as a full team each month via phone, but twice a year we all meet up in person, share our progress, and plan our next steps. .
For our most recent meeting a few weeks ago, we convened at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station, a wonderful site in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. For the modelers in the group, it was a real treat to get out from in front of our laptops and into the types of forest we're trying to model and understand. For everyone, it was a much-needed chance to get some nature-based recharge time in the landscapes we care about and hope our research will help to protect.
We'll share more about what we saw and learned in the meeting over the next several days...
. 📷 1, 4: Chonggang Xu. 📷 2, 3: Stefan Rahimi
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