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CREAFTalks: Steven W. Running

Miércoles, Septiembre 27, 2017 15.00h - 16.00h

CREAF runs an annual programme of seminars that showcase the global research work in the field of ecological science both within and beyond our centre. ​Each seminar normally lasts 30-40 minutes with plenty of time afterwards for questions and discussion. Seminars are usually on Wednesday at 3 pm.

Steven W. Running, University of Montana 

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27th September, 15h


"Is terrestrial net primary production a planetary boundary for the carbon cycle?"


In the last few years an interesting framing of global planetary boundaries has been developed, yet without a carbon cycle variable. In this seminar i will suggest that NPP might be a relevant planetary boundary, and with a multi decade of measurement that already exists, I will evaluate how stable global terrestrial NPP is and whether we can define a realistic boundary. Finally, i will discuss the policy relevance of such a boundary.


Steven W. Running received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University, and has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Global Ecology.  His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology.  He is the Land Team Leader for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and has been  designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. In 2014 was designated one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in Geosciences.


Our free seminar programme is open to everyone. 

For more information, please email CREAF Talks coordinator

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