Shashi Verma

Shashi Verma

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Title Emeritus Micrometeorologist/Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions Research Specialist
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0961
Phone 402-472-3471
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail sverma1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Shashi Verma, Charles Bessey Professor of Natural Resource Sciences in the School of Natural Resources.

I'm associated with the natural resource sciences major and the bio-atmospheric interactions specialization. My areas of interest include atmospheric trace gas dynamics, carbon sequestration (storage in plants, soil or other places) and micrometeorology. I've been a member of the UNL faculty since 1972.

In recent years, I have been leading a large interdisciplinary project concentrating on the measurement and analysis of carbon sequestration in agricultural ecosystems. Working with 11 faculty members from four UNL departments, we are employing micrometeorological techniques (tower flux eddy covariance systems) to measure landscape-level fluxes of (changes in) carbon, water and energy to improve the understanding of the relevant biophysical controlling factors. Information on carbon dioxide exchange (uptake or release) is crucial in a) quantifying annual carbon sequestration; b) developing a better understanding of the components of the global carbon cycle; and c) accurately predicting future climatic conditions.

Shashi Verma
Shashi gives a presentation during a field day for the Carbon Sequestration Program (CSP).

My recent research has provided a systematic determination of carbon dioxide exchange in key ecosystems, which should lead to an improved prediction of future climate. SiB2 is a comprehensive terrestrial biosphere model fully integrated in a general circulation model (GCM) and thus, has the capability of modeling and prediction at global scales.

Our measurements of mass and energy fluxes in a grassland ecosystem have provided crucial information for thorough testing and improvement of this model, needed to advance our understanding of important atmospheric-biospheric processes.

Selected Publications

Suyker, A.E., S.B. Verma and G.G. Burba, 2003. Interannual variability in net CO2 exchange of a native tallgrass prairie, Global Change Biology, 9:255-265.
Burba, G.G., S.B. Verma and J. Kim. 1999. A comparative study of surface energy fluxes of three communities (Phragmites australis, Scirpus acutus and open water) in a prairie wetland ecosystem, Wetlands, 19:451-457.
Kim, J., S.B. Verma, and D.P. Billesbach. 1998. Seasonal variation in methane emission from a temperate Phragmites-dominated marsh: Effect of growth stage and plant-mediated transport, Global Change Biology, 5:433-440.
Verma, S.B., J. Kim, R.J. Clement, N.J. Shurpali and D.P. Billesbach. 1995. Trace gas and energy fluxes - micrometeorological perspectives, Soils and Global Change, Advances in Soil Science, 30:361-375.
Verma, S.B., P.J. Sellers, C.L. Walthall, F.G. Hall, J. Kim, and S.J. Goetz. 1993. Photosynthesis and stomatal conductance related to reflectance on the canopy scale, Remote Sens. of Environ., 44:103-116.
Verma, S.B., J. Kim, and R.J. Clement. 1992. Momentum, water vapor and carbon dioxide exchange at a centrally located prairie site during FIFE, J. Geophys. Research, 97:18,629-18,640.

Educational Background

  • BS - Ranchi University (1965)
  • MS - University of Colorado (1967)
  • PhD - Colorado State University (1971)

SNR Faculty Area(s)

Micrometeorology, Biometeorology, Carbon Sequestration, Evapotranspiration and Atmospheric Trace Gas Dynamics

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Mercury Deposit Network -- North Platte (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/1/2007
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Ending Date 9/1/2013
Funding Level $12,800.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Carbon Sequestration in Dryland and Irrigated Agroecosystems (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/15/2010
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Ending Date 9/14/2011
Funding Level $99,500.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title 2nd Generation BioFuels
Starting Date 9/10/2010
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Co-PIs
Cassman, Kenneth
Liska, Adam
Arkebauer, Timothy
Ending Date 9/30/2013
Funding Level $500,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title Carbon Sequestration in Dryland and Irrigated Agroecosystems? Qualifications at Different Scale for Improved Prediction
Starting Date 9/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Co-PIs
Walters, Daniel
Cassman, Kenneth
Arkebauer, Timothy
Ken Hubbard
Jean Knops
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 9/14/2010
Funding Level $78,750.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title Carbon Sequestration in Dryland
Starting Date 9/3/2009
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Co-PIs
Arkebauer, Timothy
Walters, Daniel
Jean Knops
Cassman, Kenmeth
Ken Hubbard
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 9/14/2010
Funding Level $236,250.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title A Satellite-Based Quantification of Carbon Exchange of the Cominant Ecosystem (Maize-Soybean) in the NACP Mid-Continent Intensive (MCI) Region
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2010
Funding Level $180,101.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Satelite Based Carbon Exchange (Maize Soybeans)
Starting Date 4/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2011
Funding Level $216,622.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Stennis

 

Graduate Program(s)

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408
GEOG 808 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/HORT/METR/NRES 808
NRES 954 Turbulent Transfer in the Atmospheric Surface Layer X X BSEN 954
WATS 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/WATS 408