Title: Research Associate and Forest Biometeorologist
Unit: Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
Address: Baltimore Field Station
5523 Research Park Drive Suite 350
Baltimore, MD 21228
E-mail: Contact Nicanor Saliendra
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- University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, Ph.D. Agronomy and Soil Science, 1991
- University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, M.S. Agronomy (Crop Production), 1984
- University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, B.S. Agriculture (Agronomy-Plant Breeding), 1979
Civic & Professional Affiliations
Ecological Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America
- I am currently involved in three research projects:
Testing the flux tower upscaling hypothesis at a regional scale in a complex
landscape. In this NASA-funded project, we are deploying two roving eddy
covariance systems to quantify carbon fluxes in clearcut and wetland sites. We
aim to resolve the discrepancies regarding the carbon fluxes measured at the
regional scale (using a 400-m tower with a footprint of a heterogenous
landscape) and canopy level (using 30-m towers with footprints of old-growth and
mature forests, and alder-willow wetland).
- Modeling and scaling up the effects of tropospheric ozone (O3) on
forest productivity in northern Wisconsin. In this project funded by the North
Central Station?s Integrated Programs, we are using high resolution (30-m pixel;
species level) forest classification to model (with PnET-II) the impacts of
tropospheric O3 on forest productivity. Simulations of forest
productivity will be used in a spatially explicit model (LANDIS-II) to study the
role of tropospheric O3 in forest succession.
- Studying forest hydrology in response to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)
and tropospheric O3. In this project funded by the USDA National
Research Initiative, we are using the Aspen FACE experiment near Rhinelander,
Wisconsin to investigate the water balance of aspen and aspen-birch forests
under ambient and elevated concentrations of CO2 and O3.
Why is This Important
Sustainable forest productivity is one of the key missions of the Forest Service. A focus of my research is the non-destructive, real-time monitoring (using micrometeorological technique) of productivity across forest ecosystems such as old-growth and mature forests, clearcuts, and wetlands. It is also essential to collect scientific data and understand the impacts of global climate change (such as elevated CO2 and tropospheric O3) on forest productivity, so that appropriate silviculture and ecosystem management practices are undertaken.
I will continue my current research as enumerated above. I will pursue extramural funding through collaborative, inter-disciplinary research that will study the impacts of ecosystem management practices on transpiration, water balance, and carbon sequestration in northern Wisconsin.
- Svejcar, Tony; Angell, Raymond; Bradford, James A.; Dugas, William; Emmerich, William; Frank, Albert B.; Gilmanov, Tagir; Haferkamp, Marshall; Johnson, Douglas A.; Mayeux, Herman; Mielnick, Pat; Morgan, Jack; Saliendra, Nicanor Z.; Schuman, Gerald E.; Sims, Phillip L.; Snyder, Kereith. 2008. Carbon fluxes on North American rangelands. Rangeland Ecology & Management. 61: 465-474.
- Wolf, Adam; Saliendra, Nick; Akshalov, Kanat; Johnson, Douglas A.; Laca, Emilio. 2008. Effects of different eddy covariance correction schemes on energy balance closure and comparisons with the modified Bowen ratio system. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 148: 942-952.
- Sulman, Benjamin N.; Desai, Ankur R.; Mackay, D.S.; Samanta, S.; Cook, B.D.; Saliendra, N. 2008. Interactions of carbon and water cycles in north temperate wetlands: Modeling and observing the impact of a declining water table trend on regional biogeochemistry. In: 18th Conference on Atmospheric BioGeosciences; 2008 April 28-May 2; Orlando, FL. American Meteorological Society.
- Perez-Quezada, Jorge F.; Saliendra, Nicanor Z.; Emmerich, William E.; Laca, Emilio A. 2007. Evaluation of statistical protocols for quality control of ecosystem carbon dioxide fluxes. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A. 170(1): 213-230.
- Wolf, Adam; Akshalov, Kanat; Saliendra, Nicanor; Johnson, Douglas A.; Laca, Emilio A. 2006. Inverse estimation of Vcmax, leaf area index, and the Ball-Berry parameter from carbon and energy fluxes. Journal of geophysical research. Vol. III: 1-18.