Understanding the effect of soil water stress on ecosystem-climate feedbacks

Lisa Emberson – Project Lead (York)
Stephen Sitch (Leeds)
Colin Soborne (Sheffield)

Co-ordinated by Dr Lisa Emberson (York), this project brings together scientists from a range of disciplines and expertise including; soil-vegetation-atmosphere transport, dynamic global vegetation modelling, palaeo-ecology and field experimentation to identify the most appropriate methods to assess soil-plant water relations. The project will allow continual improvement and development of ‘state of the science’ models held within each institute. In addition the team will also access a variety of external partners who have collaborated with each institute individually to ensure the methods developed have ‘buy in’ from the wider scientific community. This collaborative project will allow the consortium members to bid with increased competitive strength for forthcoming major research funding awards.