The distribution of rainfall and vegetation are closely interconnected in the Amazon region. On the one hand, rainforests maintain atmospheric humidity by evapotranspiration, which contributes to regional rainfall. On the other hand, high rainfall maintains resilience of rainforests.
Under the supervision of Prof. Anja Rammig, I developed a novel methodological framework based on complex networks to quantify cascading eﬀects in the Amazonian forest-rainfall system (Fig. 1).
I showed the importance of cascading moisture recycling, which I deﬁned as moisture recycling on the continent involving re-evaporation cycles (evaporation of precipitating moisture in the same location) along the way (Fig. 2).
Based on this, I built a coupled vegetation-atmosphere model to quantify the impact of climate change and deforestation on Amazon forest resilience.
See here the publications.