Beth A. Drewniak
Computational Associate, Atmospheric Modeling
Climate & Atmospheric Science Department
DegreeM.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Current RoleComputational Associate, Atmospheric Modeling, Atmospheric Science and Climate Research.
CapabilitiesModel development related to land surface and emissions, focusing on biogeochemical cycles in agricultural systems.
- Model developer: Integration of agricultural management practices (maize, soybean, and spring wheat crop types) into the Community Land Model (CLM); integrating dynamic land use change into CLM to understand the effects on climate; investigating the impact of farming practices on soil organic carbon, including residue management, fertilizer use, and land cover change.
- Modeler: Evaluation of climate influences on land cover and biogenic volatile organic carbon emissions from vegetation and nitrogen oxides from soil, with a modified version of the dynamic vegetation model Agro-IBIS; estimation of spatial changes in isoprene emissions from a new plant species distribution in northern U.S. forests, with the Global Biosphere Emissions and Interactions System (GloBEIS) model.
- Federal agency support: Assistance with air quality compliance requirements, especially for greenhouse gas emissions inventories and criteria pollutants.