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The Biometeorology Group at UC Davis is concerned with the physical processes that govern exchanges between biological surfaces and the lower atmosphere. Such exchanges include momentum, sensible heat and water vapor, and various gases and particulate matter for both individual organisms and communities.
Students in this specialty participate in modeling, observation and theoretical studies of these exchanges, with special emphasis upon the turbulent nature of the atmospheric surface layer.
Current projects include estimating turbulent parameters and dispersion coefficients for a California regional air quality study, and determining, by eddy-covariance and mean advection methods, and the carbon exchange between the atmosphere and a 500-year old, 65 m high forest at the Wind River Canopy Crane Research facility (WRCCRF).