Is terrestrial net primary production a planetary boundary for the carbon cycle?

In the last few years an interesting framing of global planetary boundaries has been developed, yet without a carbon cycle variable. In this seminar i will suggest that NPP might be a relevant planetary boundary, and with a multi decade of measurement that already exists, I will evaluate how stable global terrestrial NPP is and whether we can define a realistic boundary. Finally, i will discuss the policy relevance of such a boundary.


22nd Annual Gregory Lecture at the University of Southampton

February 2, 2014

How a Tree Physiologist became A Rocket Scientist

July 18, 2012
How a Tree Physiologist Became a "Rocket Scientist" Steven W. Running, Professor/Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG), College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT. and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the ICCP (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) As a graduate student at OSU, Steve Running measured transpiration and photosynthesis on individual leaves. At Colorado State University, he monitored and modeled transpiration on trees, and as a young professor at the University of Montana, he extended his scope to small groups of trees, and eventually to watersheds. And then NASA became interested, and with satellites orbiting the earth, Professor Running's research progressively expanded to encompass regions, continents, and finally, all terrestrial vegetation. He will explain how the basic physics and physiology must remain in a model while the detailed description of vegetation must be progressively simplified to project how it interacts with climate at larger and larger spatial scales.

DISCCRS Symposium

October 16, 2012

Five Stages of Climate Grief

November 26, 2007

Keeling Lecture: Climate Change and the Forests of the West

June 15, 2010
Dr. Steve Running, a Regents Professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, will discuss the paradox of why forests in the West are growing faster while simultaneously suffering from higher die-off rates. Running is a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead author on a 2007 report analyzing North America's contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide and its impacts on the global climate. Series: Perspectives on Ocean Science.

OSU College of Forestry Alumni Fellow Seminar

Date: October 30, 2009
"Implications of Approaching Global Limits on the Earth’s Sustainable Productivity" Steven Running, OSU Alumni Fellow, Class of 1972 and 1973, College of Forestry Regents Professor of Ecology and director of the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group at the University of Montana, and member of the ICCP (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

IGBP Symposium Part 1: Are We Reaching Limits To Biospheric Primary Production?

Date: September 24, 2009

IGBP Symposium Part 2: Are We Reaching Limits To Biospheric Primary Production?

Date: September 24, 2009