Purdue Climate Change Research Center

An integrated understanding of the terrestrial water and energy cycles across the NEESPI domain through observations and modeling

Funded by NASA

The Eurasian Arctic drainage is a vast area that constitutes over 10 percent of the global land mass. Much of this region is either boreal forest or tundra, both of which are fragile ecosystems that have undergone considerable change over the last half century. The presence of permafrost and modest relief impedes the subsurface drainage of water and makes lakes and wetlands a dominant feature throughout the region. This project will investigate how changes in climate, landcover and water management in northern Eurasia over the last half-century have affected both land surface hydrology and flood frequency, and the subsequent impacts at regional to continental scales. Using land surface modeling, in combination with high resolution satellite-based land cover data and in-situ data provided by our Russian collaborators, we will assess the impact on the water and energy fluxes across the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI) domain from factors such as: climate variability and change; landscape variability and change that includes land cover, permafrost, snow extent, lakes and wetlands, and effects from anthropogenic activities such as water management.

Investigator(s)

Laura Bowling, Agronomy

Eric Wood, Princeton

Alexander Oltchev, Institute of Ecology and Evolution Problems of RAS

Contact Information

Purdue University
PCCRC
203 S. Martin Jischke Drive
MANN 105
West Lafayette, IN 47907