Department of Geography
Dr. Brunsell received his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2003.
My primary area of research is examining the issue of scale within land-atmosphere interactions. Generally, this involves relating spatial and temporal heterogeneity of mass and energy fluxes to biophysical processes. A current focus is addressing "how to translate local measurements of carbon, water and heat fluxes to larger scales to address how regional climate change and land use patterns impact different areas?" I use micrometeorological techniques such as large aperture scintillometry and eddy covariance to address the spatial and temporal variability of water, carbon and energy fluxes. Modeling analysis using large eddy simlation (LES) and Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Transfer (SVAT) schemes as well as regional climate and global climate models help to extend our understanding of the processes goverining local to regional scale interactions. These field obervations and model results are combined with remote sensing observations to address the impact of spatial heterogeneity on surface fluxes at larger scales.