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AFFILIATIONS

Visiting Research Scientist, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

AWARDS / EDUCATION

B.Sc. Environmental Science (Chemistry minor), University of Calgary, 2002

M.Sc. Environmental Chemistry, University of Calgary, 2004

Ph.D. Earth and Ocean Science, University of Victoria, 2010

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Visiting Fellow in Government Lab (2012- Present)

MITACS-Accelerate IRDI Internship (2010 - 2011)

 

Dr. Joe R. Melton

NSERC Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow - Studying terrestrial vegetation and carbon cycle modelling, global wetland modelling and representation of biogeochemical processes in Earth system models

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Development and application of terrestrial ecosystem models for stand-alone simulations and implementation in Earth system models  

  • Prognostic simulation of methane in the Earth system model
  • Parameterization and evaluation of competition, land use change, and fire disturbance in terrestrial vegetation models
  • Evaluation of the impacts of different sub-grid scale vegetation spatial representations for the global terrestrial carbon budget

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

Contributing author to Chapter 6 'Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles' of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR5)

Sessional Lecturer in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria ('Geochemistry' and 'Isotopes in the Natural Sciences')

Lead coordinator of the Wetland and Wetland CH4 Inter-comparison of Models Project (WETCHIMP)

Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geophysical Union (EGU)

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Melton, J. R. and V. K. Arora. 2013. Sub-grid scale representation of vegetation: Implications for estimation of the terrestrial carbon sink. Biogeosciences Discussions. 10: 16003-16041, doi:10.1594/bgd-10-16003-2013.

Seiler, C., R. W. A. Hutjes, B. Kruijt, J. P. Quispe, S. Añez, V. K. Arora, J. R. Melton, T. Hickler, and P. Kabat. 2013. Measuring and modelling carbon stocks from wet to dry tropical forests. Submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences (2013JG002509), Sept. 10, 2013.

Melton, J. R., R. Wania, E. L. Hodson, B. Poulter, B. Ringeval, R. Spahni, T. Bohn, C. A. Avis, D. J. Beerling, G. Chen, A. V. Eliseev, S. N. Denisov, P. O. Hopcroft, D. P. Lettenmaier, W. J. Riley, J. S. Singarayer, Z. M. Subin, H. Tian, S. Zürcher, V. Brovkin, P. M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, Z. C. Yu, and J. O. Kaplan. 2013. Present state of global wetland extent and wetland methane modelling: conclusions from a model intercomparison project (WETCHIMP). Biogeosciences. 10: 753 – 788. doi: 10.5194/bg-10-753-2013.

Wania, R., J. R. Melton, E. L. Hodson, B. Poulter, B. Ringeval, R. Spahni, T. Bohn, C. A. Avis, G. Chen, A. V. Eliseev, P. O. Hopcroft, W. J. Riley, Z. M. Subin, H. Tian, P. M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, Z. C. Yu, J. S. Singarayer, S. Zürcher, D. P. Lettenmaier, D. J. Beerling, S. N. Denisov, C. Prigent, F. Papa, and J. O. Kaplan. 2013. Present state of global wetland extent and wetland methane modelling: methodology of a model intercomparison project (WETCHIMP) Geoscientific Model Development. 5: 1 – 65. doi:
10.5194/gmdd-5-1-2012.

Melton, J. R., H. Schaefer, and M. J. Whiticar. 2012. Enrichment in 13C of atmospheric CH4 during the Younger Dryas termination. Climate of the Past. 6: 617 – 641. doi: 10.5194/gmd-6-617-2013.

Melton, J. R., J. O. Kaplan, and D. Robinson. 2011. Climate change projections for the Northwest Skeena, in Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Northwest Skeena Communities, Chapter 5.

Melton, J. R., J. O. Kaplan, and D. Robinson. 2011. Vegetation modelling, harvest scenarios, and projected impacts on the landscape, in Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Northwest Skeena Communities, Chapter 6.

Melton, J. R., M. J. Whiticar, and P. Eby. 2011. Stable carbon isotope ratio analyses on trace methane from ice samples. Chemical Geology. 288 : 88 – 96. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.03.003.

Schaefer, H., V. V. Petrenko, E. J. Brook, J. P. Severinghaus, N. Reeh, J. R. Melton, and L. Mitchell. 2009. Ice stratigraphy at the Pakitsoq ice margin, West Greenland, derived from gas records. Journal of Glaciology. 55 : 411 – 421. doi: 10.3189/002214309788816704.

Melton, J. R., A. Kantzas, and C. H. Langford. 2007. Nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry as a spectroscopic probe of the coordination sphere of a paramagnetic metal bound to a humic acid mixture. Analytica Chimica Acta. 605 : 46 – 52. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2007.10.017

Langford, C. H., and J. R. Melton. 2005. When should humics be regarded as dynamic combinatorial systems? in Humic substances: molecular details and applications in land and water conservation, Chapter 5 . Taylor and Francis.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Climate
     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
          Greenhouse gases
          Land Surface/Atmosphere Interactions
          Stable Isotopes
     Climate Modelling
          Carbon budget
          Wetlands
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