Research

Carbon Cycle Research

Carbon cycle research within the Carbon group at Purdue aims to understand global-scale exchanges of carbon between two of the Earth’s main reservoirs: the atmosphere and the land.


A schematic of the contemporary global carbon cycle

This research focuses on three of the fluxes outlined in the figure:

1. fossil fuel flux

  • go to the Vulcan website for more information about our national-level high resolution fossil fuel CO2 emissions data product
  • go to the Hestia website for more information about our building by building, street by street urban landscape scale fossil fuel CO2 emissions data product (see our Hestia Video below!)
  • An international working group on the fossil fuel CO2 topic has been created, called CO2FFEE. We had one workshop
  • go to the Fossil Fuel Data Assimilation System webpage to learn about global efforts at a high resolution fossil fuel CO2 inventory
  • placeholder for the Global Vulcan project

2. deforestation flux:

  • go to my deforestation pathways and climate pages to learn about how we are investigating the complex relationship between deforestation, the carbon cycle and climate change

3. exchange with the terrestrial biosphere:

  • go to my Inverse modeling pages to learn about how we use the inverse approach to explore the missing sink and understand the relationship between net biosphere exchange and climate variability

The Hestia Video

thanks to Yuyu Zhou, Igor Razlivanov, Bedrich Benes, Michel Abdul-Massih, and Suzanna Remec)