Human systems – such as agriculture, water, and energy infrastructure – can have profound influences on the earth’s climate. Meanwhile, these systems are vulnerable to climate change and must adapt to changing climatic conditions. My research seeks to understand these relationships in order to inform decision-making and support the development of policies aimed at reducing or adapting to climate change.
I do this primarily by improving the representation of human systems in physical climate models. I also do the opposite – improve the representation of physical and ecological processes in models of human decision-making. I use data from diverse sources – satellites, flux observation networks, agricultural surveys etc. – to validate and test models.