Seminar Talk: New Observational Constraints on GPP from Satellite Measurements of Chlorophyll Fluorescence

Joe Berry

Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

New Observational Constraints on GPP from Satellite Measurements of Chlorophyll Fluorescence

Monday, May 4, 4:00 pm
WHRC Harbourton Auditorium, 149 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA

For more information: Wendy Kingerlee, wkingerlee@whrc.org, 508-444-1526


Joe Berry has been a Carnegie investigator since 1972. He has developed powerful tools to measure local and regional exchanges of carbon over spaces of up to thousands of square miles. Until now, computer models have been the primary tool for estimating photosynthetic productivity on a global scale. He is part of a team that has taken an entirely new approach to measuring gross primary production (GPP). They are using satellite technology to measure light that is emitted by plant leaves as a byproduct of photosynthesis yielding a direct observation of photosynthesis on a large scale for the first time.

Joe Berry received his bachelors in chemistry, and his masters in soil science from UC-Davis. He received his PhD in botany from the University of British Columbia.