It is common knowledge that weather and climate influence the plants, animals, and microorganisms that live upon the landscape. New research is investigating the possibility that the opposite is also true: that due to feedback between plants and the atmosphere, vegetation and the landscape influence regional climate.
University of Illinois researchers use MATLAB and Parallel Computing Toolbox to apply computationally intensive statistical methods to time series data, including observed meteorological, hydrological, and environmental variables. The results are helping to explain how changes in climate, including drought, affect the ecosystem and how human changes to landscape and vegetation affect the regional climate.
By Benjamin L. Ruddell, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Nils Oberg, Marcelo Garcia, and Praveen Kumar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
This article was published in the February 2010 issue of the MATLAB Digest | Academic Edition