The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Johannes Winckler for the poster entitled:
The neglected nonlocal effects of deforestation (Winckler, J.; Reick, C.; Pongratz, J.)
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Johannes Winckler is a PhD candidate in the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg (Germany). His research focuses on the biogeophysical effects of deforestation, for instance triggered by changes in albedo and transpiration, in climate models.
The poster focuses on the nonlocal effects of deforestation. Deforestation primarily influences the surface energy balance at the location of deforestation, but via advection climate is also influenced at locations that are not deforested. On a global mean, the deforestation-induced cooling of the nonlocal effects, which are not captured in observational datasets, overcompensates the warming of the local effects. However, forests are still valuable for climate because they store large quantities of carbon.