Earthcasting fluvial systems: virtual physical, ecological, and biogeochemical dynamics
- Funded By: National Science Foundation
- ECI Investigators: Jennifer Tank & Diogo Bolster
- Partners: Northwestern University
River systems support extensive human populations and are tremendously important to storage, processing, and export of carbon, sediments, and nutrients. This research project determines how basic processes interact to control important outcomes in river and floodplain environments. Such ecosystem forecasting capability is needed to inform the long-term management of land and water resources.
The multi-disciplinary research team from Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania develops the essential underpinnings of Earthcasting and works with leading data collection efforts in the U.S. and Europe to translate these fundamental advances into practical management strategies. This effort will improve the capability to predict earth and ecosystem dynamics.