Dennis Baldocchi Professor of Biometeorology Ecosystem Science Division Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management & Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center 345 Hilgard Hall University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720
version Sept, 2021, with updated notes and overheads from Fall Semester, 2020
In this course we study the 'Breathing' of the Terrestrial Biosphere. This is accomplished by describes the physical environment (light, wind, temperature, humidity) about plants and the soil, by understanding how the physical environment affects the physiological status plants and how status and capacity of plants and the underying soil affect their physical environment. Hence, the nature of this course is very multi- and intra disciplinary, drawing on aspects of micrometeorology, soil physics, physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. This course accomplishes its goals by examining the physical, biological and chemical processes that affect the transfer of momentum, energy and material (water, CO2, and atmospheric trace gases) between vegetation and the atmosphere. Instrumentation and measurements, associated with the study of plant biometeorology, are also discussed.
A Reference Textbook is
Monson and Baldocchi,Â 2014Â Terrestrial Biosphere-Atmosphere Fluxes
Campbell and Norman. An Introduction to Environmental Biophysics.
Â Overheads have been updated in 2020, with discussion and annotations for each slide
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters.