The study of climate models using microbes Facts
The models used to study the Earth's climate, including thousands of different variables of the many branches of science, as the study of the atmosphere, oceanography, seismology, geology, physics and chemistry. However, very little attention paid to the influence of microbes to climate change. Therefore, the American Academy of Microbiology, a plan was developed integrating the latest discoveries in the field of microbiology in the study of climate models.
"Climate scientists and microbiologists usually work separately from each other, although their work has many common bonds. Microbes are an integral part of geochemical cycles. Microbial activity is enormous, but their impact on important climate gases have not been studied, "- said Edward Delongiz MIT.
Over the past 20 years there have been significant changes in microbiology. Sevkenirovaniya DNA technology is technically and economically possible to perform comprehensive DNA sequencing of microbial communities. With approaches such as proteomics and metabolomics, we can understand the function of the potential and possible changes in microbial communities.
Seminar with the participation of microbiology and computer climate modeling and was conducted by the Academy in 2011. Scientists discussed real methods and techniques, which could facilitate the integration of microbial biology, biogeochemistry and climate modeling.
To solve the problem, we propose a phased implementation of a multilateral approach. The main recommendation is the need to select a few specific biogeochemical cycles, easily monitored and driven by microbes, namely, cycles of methane accumulations of carbon and nitrous oxide.
Since microbes are central to the biogeochemical cycles is particularly important to take into account their impact on the climate models.