The role of dissolved organic matter in Atmosphere-Land-Ocean interactions
Understanding how carbon is stored and transported along the land-ocean continuum is one of society's greatest challenges and an integral component of the global climate system. The advent of the industrial age has changed the way carbon is transported between the major stores on land and in the ocean by disturbing natural fluxes, creating new pathways and feedback mechanisms. Carbon cycling is intimately linked with the hydrological cycle through various chemical and physical processes across temporal and spatial scales, directly influencing the structure, composition and adaptation of ecosystems.
Understanding these relationships between carbon and the water cycle and their effects on the environment and ecosystems is of central importance to improve our ability to better predict the consequences of global warming.
Dr Ryan Pereira and Dr Thomas Wagner