Modelling past, present, and future biosphere
The BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab is focused on the spatial and temporal modelling of Earth systems, particularly patterns and processes concerning biogeography, geomorphology, and climatology, and their interactions. GIS and remote sensing methods, such as remotely piloted aircraft systems, are used to study the drivers governing ecosystems and landscapes. Besides theoretical and methodological interests in understanding and predicting species distributions, earth surface processes, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions, the lab develops models for different applied purposes in physical geography. The lab also engages in palaeoclimate science, by applying models of biotic response to study the development of climate across geological time based on fossil datasets. The lab aims to assess the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ground surface conditions, and vegetation and soil dynamics. To explore these topics, the lab is leading observational and experimental studies, statistical analyses and mathematical simulations, including bioclimate modelling and data mining – in order to understand the structure and functioning of ecosystems and landscapes at multiple scales.