In a paper, recently published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, researchers present four interconnected present and future challenges to study the interaction between land and atmosphere. They argue that they are now in a position where by means of advanced instrumental techniques and fine-scale simulations, they can provide more accurate answers and quantification to the uncertainties associated to the water and carbon cycles. To this end, they need to cross scales and disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology. Special emphasis is placed on the relevance of clouds and ocean. The need of comprehensive observatories such as the Ruisdael Observatory as a TestBed is stressed as the best research strategy of moving forward the understanding and improve the capacity of representing the land-atmosphere interactions.
The full text of the paper can be found here.