Natural processes are fundamental parts of the Earth system. The interactions and feedbacks between different natural processes influence the state of the Earth system, and most importantly, involve the exchange of energy, water, carbon and nutrients. These cycles occur at different spatial and temporal scales, from molecules to synoptic weather events, and from seconds to millennia. This inherent complexity poses an enormous yet fascinating challenge when understanding the underlying drivers of the natural processes shaping the Earth system. In this session we will address these appealing topics, along with other natural processes that affect the Earth system. If you are conducting research in these fields, we welcome contributions on your ideas and preliminary results.
The invited Keynote speaker for this session is Ingrid van der Laan-Luijkx, assistant professor in the Meteorological and Air Quality Department at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Dr. van der Laan-Luijkx is an expert in the global carbon cycle, in particular the effect of forest fires in net biome exchange. In addition, she currently holds a Veni Grant from the Dutch Science Organization (NWO) for unraveling forest carbon balance by measuring oxygen and CO2 concentrations with very precise instruments. This project is particularly interesting as it uses novel techniques for understanding photosynthesis, one of the key natural processes on Earth.