Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

"Understanding and Predicting Ecosystem Processes from Eco-evolutionary Optimality principles"

Presented by Han Wang, Tsinghua University, China

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:00 pm — Videoconference / Virtual Event (see link below)

The increasing complexity of Earth System Models makes it difficult to understand and interpret the model predictions. Recent progresses show that the eco-evolutionary optimality principles, rooted in natural selection, can lead to parameter-sparse and transparent representations in models and improve our understanding from first-principles. In this talk, I will show how we apply eco-evolutionary optimality principle to develop a universal primary productivity model (Pmodel), how we further apply Pmodel to understand the environmental responses of diverse plant processes, to develop parsimonious models of crop yield and ecosystem evapotranspiration, and to improve the representation of photosynthesis and respiration in Earth System Models.

Hosted by: Qianyu (Cherry) Li

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