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Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences

Effects of Land Management on Climate

[image:] Map of average summer net radiation flux at the surface.Research on the effects of land management on climate involves (1) examining and improving model assumptions of forest/surface energy balances, focusing on surface albedo; (2) synthesizing data about impacts of disturbance on forest water balance and biogeochemistry; (3) carrying out climate model simulations to assess the relative importance of forest carbon sequestration and albedo on climate at the regional and global scale; and (4) developing climate scenarios that assess the impact of changing land surface properties such as those caused by afforestation, deforestation, fire, and other factors on current and future climate conditions. These efforts will improve our understanding of the connections between the land, carbon cycling and energy exchanges, and climate now and into the future.

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