Breakout Session II


   Carbon Cycle and Biofuel Production

   Changing the Climate     

    Richard Cruse

Richard Cruse is a professor in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University. His research program involves field and laboratory research in: 1) Soil and Crop Management; 2) applied Soil Physics; and 3) Soil Fertility. Objectives include evaluating the effect of tillage and cropping systems on: 1) soil physical properties; 2) soil and water conservation; and 3) crop growth and yield. His teaching program focuses on soil management. Classes are taught at the graduate level on campus and in the Masters of Science in Agronomy distance education program. Additionally, since 2000 a soil and water conservation class has been annually taught in Hungary for undergraduate students.



    Dev Niyogi  

Dr. Dev Niyogi is the Assistant Professor for EAS & Agronomy & Indiana State Climatologist. He received his B.S. Civil Engineering, Univ. of Poona, India, Report on: Development, Validation, and Implementation of an Air Quality Model for an Industrial Area, Fall 1994. He received his M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Thesis on Dynamic Interactions in Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer Processes, Fall 1996. He received his Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Dissertation on Biosphere Atmosphere Interactions coupled with CO2 and Soil Moisture Changes, 2000. His research interests are: Representing Land Surface Processes in mesoscale weather forecast models and Regional Climate Models for severe weather/ convection initiation,Satellite Remote sensing and data assimilation within weather and climate models

Regional Climate and Non greenhouse gas forcing of climate feedbacks, Current research projects are in following areas: Terrestrial Ecosystem and Atmosphere, Agricultural Air Quality, Carbon and Hydrological Cycle, Biospheric Processes in Weather and Regional Climate Models, Land Atmosphere Interactions, Agriculture Meteorology, Applied Climatology, Hydrometeorology, PBL and Mesoscale Processes, Climate Informatics, Remote and Land based Observational Systems.                                                     


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