A story of our global garden: plants storing excess CO2


About the research

Plants capture CO2 and, through photosynthesis, convert it into green leaves. Over the past 30 years, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere has thus led to a widespread increase in the number of green leaves around the world. But recently, there has been a shift: the increase in the number of green leaves is slowing down even though CO2 levels are still rising. Vaidehi Narsingh (Imec - UAntwerp) is determined to find out why that happens, hoping these insights will help us mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Vaidehi Narsingh
imec - UAntwerpen


Since her childhood Vaidehi Narsingh was told, ‘Aim for the skies’. She took it damn seriously. Vaidehi traveled from India to Denmark to pursue her dream of being an M.Sc. graduate in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. While wandering in the skies, she looked back and the mother Earth was so beautiful, hauling her to specialize in Earth observation with data-driven approaches to explore terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling. Currently, she works at Imec - UAntwerp on the FutureArctic H2020 ITN project. Her focus is on scientific machine learning to generate spatio-temporal distribution maps oriented towards gross carbon influx in plants and vegetation, to have a deep insight into the functioning of sub-Arctic grassland “ForHot” ecosystems and their impact on the climate. This opportunity to learn and collaborate with the best minds in the field of ecology & deep learning has given her a great head start in her research career. Vaidehi: "I am grateful and super excited for this opportunity and I am actively looking forward to contributing and working along with my colleagues in solving the big problem, Climate Change. Stay tuned and catch me on Twitter!” “Save Earth, Save us!”

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