Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr Sylvain Kuppel

Research interests:

Understanding how water is stored and circulates on land at multiple temporal and spatial scales.
Reciprocal influences between climate, land hydrology and ecosystem functioning.

— Big questions —
– Where do plants get their water (and how do we tell)?
– How do/will ecohydrological systems interact with global environmental changes?
– Can we connect local insights to the big picture (and vice-versa)?

— Approaches —
Process-based modelling (including environmental tracers) and data-oriented approaches.
Sometimes merging the two above using data assimilation techniques.

Career history:

2013 – 2016: Postdoctoral researcher in at CONICET / National University of San Luis, Argentina.

2016 – present: Research fellow at the University of Aberdeen

Active research projects:

ERC-funded project VeWa: Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems

Recent publications:

Kuppel, S., Fan, Y., & Jobbágy, E. G. (2017). Seasonal hydrologic buffer on continents: patterns, drivers and ecological benefits. Advances in Water Resources, 102, 178–187, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.01.004.
Houspanossian, J., Kuppel, S., Nosetto, M., Di Bella, C., Oricchio, P., Barrucand, M., … & Jobbágy, E. (2016). Long-lasting floods buffer the thermal regime of the Pampas. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1-10, doi:10.1007/s00704-016-1959-7.
Peylin, P., Bacour, C., MacBean, N., Leonard, S., Rayner, P., Kuppel, S., … & Ciais, P. (2016). A new stepwise carbon cycle data assimilation system using multiple data streams to constrain the simulated land surface carbon cycle. Geoscientific Model Development, 9(9), 3321, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-3321-2016.
Kuppel, S., Houspanossian, J., Nosetto, M. D., & Jobbágy, E. G. (2015). What does it take to flood the Pampas?: Lessons from a decade of strong hydrological fluctuations. Water Resources Research, 51(4), 2937-2950, doi:10.1002/2015WR016966.
Kuppel, S., Peylin, P., Maignan, F., Chevallier, F., Kiely, G., Montagnani, L., & Cescatti, A. (2014). Model–data fusion across ecosystems: from multisite optimizations to global simulations. Geoscientific Model Development, 7(6), 2581-2597, doi:10.5194/gmd-7-2581-2014.

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