Parsimony, Tractability and Complexity in Biogeochemical Models of the Earth System

Session ID#: 26782

Session Description:
Biogeochemistry seeks to develop a fundamental understanding of the Earth’s element cycles and to apply this understanding to global environmental change. Theoretical and empirical analyses develop foundational understanding by relying on mathematics, statistics and simulation modeling. Computational power has increased exponentially over the last decades, as has our ability to model a host of biogeochemical mechanisms in the Earth system.  In parallel, there is theory and technique for simplifying and abstracting biological process. We propose a session that brings together both trends, which we hope will result in a broad reflection of opportunities for new work and for bringing together these different modeling strategies.  This session therefore is designed to evaluate the relationship between biogeochemical data and models of different levels of complexity, with a focus on accelerating fundamental understanding of biogeochemical cycles and their application to global environmental change.
Primary Convener:  Adrien Finzi, Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
Conveners:  Lars O. O. Hedin, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States and Benjamin Z Houlton, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, United States

  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Nicholas G Smith1, Trevor F Keenan1, Iain Colin Prentice2 and Han Wang3, (1)Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, (3)Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China
Debjani Sihi, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, United States, Eric A Davidson, University of Maryland Center (UMCES) for Environmental Science, Frostburg, MD, United States, Kathleen E Savage, Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States and Dong Liang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD, United States
Chelsea K Morris and James Knighton, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States
Mingzhen Lu and Lars O. O. Hedin, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States

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