Our group in Stanford's Department of Earth System Science, led by Prof. Alexandra Konings, studies how ecosystems and the carbon cycle interact with variations in water availability, and how they will change under future climate. To do so, we primarily use remote sensing data analysis and model development. In particular, we often use new microwave measurements of vegetation water content. We believe that a deep understanding of remote sensing techniques helps us do better science and therefore also work on developing new remote sensing datasets and their validation.
Our research primarily falls along four main lines:
- Plant hydraulics
- Remote sensing of vegetation water content and soil moisture
- The effects of small-scale trait variability on regional-scale ecosystem behavior
- Water-carbon coupling in tropical ecosystems