An Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and ClimatE (INTERFACE): Linking experimentalists, ecosystem modelers, and Earth system modelers
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The INTERFACE research coordination network brings together three groups within the global change research community:

  1. Researchers conducting field experiments
  2. Researchers who use ecosystem-scale models
  3. Researchers working on land-atmosphere interactions in Earth system models (ESMs).

INTERFACE activities bring together these three groups to advance global environmental change research by

  • Incorporating realistic biological responses into ESMs, and
  • Facilitating the design of field experiments and computer simulations that are best suited to improving the performance of ESMs.

INTERFACE will hold a series of workshops, working group meetings, and international meetings, starting in early 2011. Watch this page for details. INTERFACE seeks to involve students and postdoctoral researchers in all activities, and will sponsor cross-disciplinary research experiences for students.

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Upcoming Activities

See Activities page for a full list of upcoming and past activities related to INTERFACE


INTERFACE workshop: Using results from global change experiments to inform land model development and calibration

in Beijing, China, May 10-14, 2014.


Representing Soil Carbon Dynamics in Glboal Land Models to Improve Future IPCC Assessments.  

Breckenridge, CO, June 11-14, 2014.

This workshop is sponsored by the FORECAST RCN, and co-sponsored by INTERFACE.  Meeting information available here.


Student Collaborative Exchange Program

To further facilitate collaboration in the research community, INTERFACE plans to sponsor a limited number of “collaborative exchanges” for US-based graduate students, in which students who primarily work with models spend a brief period (up to one month) working in an experimental setting, or students who primarily work on global change experiments spend a brief period (up to one month) working in an ecosystem or Earth system modeling setting.  These exchanges should ideally allow the student to continue working on a similar topic, but from a different perspective.  Interested graduate students should identify a laboratory in which they would like to work, and should secure approvals from their advisor and the exchange lab’s PI.  To apply, students should submit as a single PDF file: (1) a two-page proposal explicitly stating the questions being addressed and why the collaboration will facilitate answering them, (2) an NSF-style CV,  (3) a one-page budget justification, and (4) letters of support from the advisor and the PI of the lab the student will visit. Applications should be sent to Aimée Classen <>.  Applications will be reviewed at two times each year, starting on the fourth Monday of April and the fourth Monday of October, through the end of 2014.  Allowable expenses include airfare, meals while traveling to and from the exchange location, and housing. These funds cannot be used to cover classes at the host institution or student/ PI salary.  Exchanges may be partially or fully sponsored by INTERFACE.  


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