GINKGO Workshop on Plant Traits in DGVMs

7.-8 October 2019 Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main

The main topic of this meeting will be functional traits variability in Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs). Traits have been identified as important feature in DGVMs. With accumulated observation evidence such as the TRY database the limitations of the plant functional trait effects became clear. This workshop will discuss approaches of implementing trait variability in DGVMs for applications in paleo, such as glacial cycles, historical and future projections. Particular focus is on traits related to plant structure, allocation and resilience to disturbances and land use.

Essential questions are:

  • Which minimum set of traits are needed to successfully model the plant functional diversity?
  • What are the drivers of trait variability?
  • How does the variability in climate affect the traits on the longer time scale or in space?
  • How does consideration of plant adaptation to disturbances and land use influence vegetation responses to climate change?
  • How can we model adaptation of plants?

The workshop will start at lunch time on Monday, 7 Oct, and end at lunch time on Tuesday, 8 Oct.

In addition, we plan to organize a one day short course on DGVMTools after the workshop (8.10. and 9.10.18). DGVMTools is an R package for processing, analyzing and plotting output from DGVMs. The package was primarily developed by Matt Forrest (BiK-F), and he will also lead the short course. DGVMTools were originally developed for LPJ-GUESS but the package is flexible and allows to integrate other DGVMs as well.

For registration contact until September 16 Dr. Gitta Lasslop, Opens window for sending email   or  Dr. Simon Scheiter, Opens window for sending email



Past events:

June 3-5, 2014 - 1st GINKGO Palaeovegetation WorkshopFirst GINKGO Palaeovegetation Workshop
          Senckenberg Museum (day 1) and BiK-F (day 2 and 3), Frankfurt

February 3-7, 2014 - 3rd TERRABITES Symposium at the
         Global Vegetation Monitoring and Modelling Conference
          Avignon, Palais des Papes

February 6/8, 2012 - 2nd TERRABITES Symposium
         Frascati, Italy

September 29/30, 2011 - 7th GINKGO meeting
         Center of Wood Science at University of Hamburg
         Presentations (on the intranet)

30 Sept - 1Oct, 2010 - 6th  GINKGO meeting,
          Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (LOEWE BiK-F) ,
          Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt

          Focus: Global vs. Regional modelling
          Presentations (on the intranet)

1st TERRABITES Symposium, Hamburg 9-11 February 2010.

January 27/28 2009 - 5th GINKGO meeting at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
         Presentations (on the intranet)

November 22/23, 2007 - 4th GINKGO meeting at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg

        List of participants
        Presentations (on the intranet)
        Protocol and summary slides

October 25/26, 2007 - GINKGO Land-Use Workshop at the Center for Environmental Systems Research in Kassel

        List of participants

January 11/12, 2007 - 3rd GINKGO Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena


March 17, 2006 - 2nd Workshop on Biosphere Modelling at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


 September 12/13, 2005 - 1st Workshop on Biosphere Modelling at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg


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