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March 1, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Old Main #0121 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents: "Connections between Biophysical Carbon Measurements with Socioeconomic Data across the Kalamazoo River Watershed" with Dr. David Reed, Research Associate, Department of Geography and Center for Global Change and Earth Observations , Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.


Friday March 1st at 2:30pm

Old Main Room 0121 (in tbe basement near the front entrance)

Reception and refreshments to precede 40 – 50 min seminar followed by time for questions

Abstract:  Interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere play a major role in the Earth's climate system. As part of a larger scale project examining carbon fluxes and socioeconomic decision making, two field-sites were instrumented in late 2017 to measure carbon, water and energy fluxes from suburban and urban landscapes. Preliminary analysis from the first year of data from MSU's campus (suburban) and Battle Creek (urban) towers quantifies energy partitioning from different components of the built landscape and the (sub)urban heat island effect. With both sites having a river within the study site, the spatial relationships of the observations is critical to understand energy cycling within cities. Small-scale turbulence within the sites also impacts the observations, and our data allows probing the influence of physical structures to flux observations. With increasing populations and populations densities, understanding the impacts of urban areas to the local climate is critical.

Biography: David is an interdisciplinary scientist at heart, and being a climate scientist allows working on big picture questions from multiple angles. Topics of study has included disturbance ecology working on large-scale biological distances for his PhD at the University of Wyoming, to thermodynamic limnology as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison. Currently, David is working to connect physical carbon measurements with landscape level socioeconomic data at Michigan State University.

For more information about this event, please contact Shirley Papuga at 313-577-7466 or