CloudRoots aspires to answer the following research questions:

  • Can we obtain a coherent understanding and representation of how the partitioning of surface fluxes interact with the radiative and turbulent fluxes perturbed by clouds at temporal scales ranging from minutes to seasons?
  • How will the cloud-atmosphere-vegetation interaction change in tropical, temperate and boreal ecosystems?
  • During the transition from current to future scenarios, how will the interaction change under climates driven by enhanced levels of greenhouse gases and increasing temperatures?

CloudRoots will investigate and quantify the links between photosynthesis, turbulence and clouds as a continuum: from the leaf to the cloud and from the cloud to the regional, covering all the relevant spatiotemporal scales.