“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world a new.”
Our research interests currently are in the quantification of the exchange of gases between the atmosphere and the vegetation. Specifically, given the growing concern surrounding water issues in the state, given also the increase in climate variability and its impact on terrestrial ecosystems, we determine carbon, evapotranspiration, heat and momentum fluxes to/from vegetation in relation with ecosystem health, sea-level rise, management practices, and water conservation.
Tower installation in the pecan orchard
Preparation for flying a weather balloon to detect the atmospheric structure
Lab members preparing a drone for a flight in a golf course
Monique Leclerc working with the eddy-covariance system
Tower installation in one of the fields
Lab members in a peanut field
Monique Leclerc and a graduate student Champunut Chayawat in the field
Graduate students in a turfgrass field
Our group is currently involved with the water conservation strategies in peanut, pecan, and golf courses using the eddy-covariance system. In the past, the interests of the group also included the development and evaluation of different models (analytical solutions to the diffusion equation, Lagrangian stochastic simulation, and Large-Eddy Simulation) used to assess the upwind source area (Footprint) from a flux tower.