Looking for a pulse in dryland ecosystems: Evaluating the pulse dynamics paradigm 40 years after its creation
10–14 April, 2018
- Sasha Reed (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Osvaldo Sala (Arizona State University)
- Scott Collins (University of New Mexico)
- Scott Ferrenberg (U.S. Geological Survey)
Global Drylands Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
- Synthesise existing data to assess under which plant communities, climate types, and land-use histories the dryland pulse paradigm works in explaining ecosystem patterns and controls in arid and semiarid ecosystems.
- Evaluate the utility of the paradigm for different processes (e.g. primary productivity, soil respiration) and scales (e.g. plot-scale, ecosystem-scale) across the dryland biome.
- Employ emerging numerical tools, including modelling and remote sensing, to assess the dryland pulse paradigm.
- Refine / revise / reform the dryland pulse paradigm.
- Plan for a targeted set of experiments to directly test a revised paradigm.
- Intimately involve early career scientists and underrepresented scientific groups, and encourage them to play leadership roles in this important research area.