The main research focus of the Biometeorology and Soil Physics Group of UBC (BIOMET) is to better understand the micrometeorological and physiological processes controlling carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor (H2O) and energy exchange between natural and managed forest ecosystems and the atmosphere comprising:
- harvested west-coast temperate (Vancouver Island)
- mature southern boreal (Saskatchewan)
- Mountain Pine Beetle-affected lodgepole pine (BC Interior)
- Hybrid Poplar (Alberta and Manitoba)
We make year-round measurements of CO2, H2O and energy fluxes from eight flux-tower sites using the eddy covariance technique applied above forest canopies.
The BIOMET group is part of a new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) Initiative supported by NSERC: the Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN). CCRN’s objectives are to integrate existing and new sources of data with improved predictive and observational tools to understand, diagnose and predict interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological, and climatic components of the changing Earth system at multiple scales, with a geographic focus on Western Canada’s rapidly changing cold interior. As part of CCRN, we maintain meteorological and tower flux measurements and conduct research at two of the Boreal Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Sites (Southern Old Black Spuce and Old Aspen).