Microbes, Atmosphere in Climate Models
Sources: LBNL News Center, and Dan Hawkes
ESD climate scientists Jinyun Tang and Bill Riley have developed a climate model that quantifies interactions between soil microbes and their surroundings. It’s the first such model to include several physiologically realistic representations of how soil microbes break down organic matter, a process that annually unleashes about ten times as much carbon into the atmosphere as fossil fuel emissions.
To read more, go to:
Tang, J.Y., and W.J. Riley (2014), Weaker soil carbon-climate feedbacks resulting from microbial and abiotic interactions. Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2438.
Funding Source: BER, ACME