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Renato Braghiere

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in global land surface modeling at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My research aims to better represent mechanistic processes of land surface models with the goals of: (i) understanding fundamental controls of land photosynthesis including the radiative transfer in vegetation canopies, as well root uptake of water and nutrients; (ii) using state-of-the-science process-based models to refine local and global representations of the carbon cycle; and (iii) developing more informed projections of plant growth, especially under future climate scenarios. The relevance of my recent and current activities is directly linked to development of new generation Earth System Models, which are required for more assertive climate projections in order to help scientists and policymakers to address issues related to climate change and the well-being of future generations.

  • Ph.D., Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate, University of Reading, Reading, UK (2017)
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2013)
  • B.Sc., Meteorology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2010)

Research Interests
  • Terrestrial carbon cycling (Biosphere-Atmosphere interactions)
  • Radiative transfer theory (Remote Sensing)
  • Land surface modeling/ Earth System modeling


JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

Professional Experience
  • Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, JIFRESSE, UCLA, Los Angeles/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2019–present)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in high resolution functional-structural plant modeling, INRA, Montpellier, France (2017-2019)

Selected Awards
  • Fellowship H2020 European Union (2018-2019)
  • Outstanding M.Sc. dissertation, Department of Meteorology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2014)
  • Santander Scientific Fellowship (2008)

Selected Publications
  1. Braghiere, R., Yamasoe, M. A., do Rosário, N. M. E., da Rocha, H. R., Nogueira, J. S., de Araújo, A. C. 2019. Characterization of the aerosol impact on CO2 and energy fluxes in the Amazon deforestation arch. Submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. (Under review)
  2. Braghiere, R., Gérard, F., Evers, J., Pradal, C., Pages, L. 2019. Simulating the effects of water limitation on crop biomass production using a functional–structural plant 3D model of shoot and root driven by soil hydraulics. Annals of Botany. (Under review)
  3. Braghiere, R., Quaife, T., Black, E., He, L., Chen, J. 2019. Underestimation of tropical photosynthesis in Earth System Models due to representation of vegetation structure. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. (Under review)
  4. Hogan, R. J., Quaife, T., and Braghiere, R., 2018: Fast matrix treatment of 3-D radiative transfer in vegetation canopies: SPARTACUS-Vegetation 1.1, Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 339-350. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-339-2018
  5. Yamasoe, M. A., Rosario, N. E., Costa, T. S., Braghiere, R. K., Leiva, E. A., Zanchi, F. B., Silva, B. L., Morais, J. C., 2015. Medições e Estimativas Numéricas da Irradiância Solar Descendente em Superfície ‒ Estudos de Casos em Humaitá, AM, in: Ciência das mudanças climáticas e sua interdisciplinaridade by Ambrizzi, T., Jocobi, P. R., Dutra, L. M. Annablume, São Paulo, p. 282. (in Portuguese)
  6. Braghiere, R.K., Yamasoe, M.A., 2013.: Evaluation of CO2 flux modification as a function of aerosol optical depth at Bananal Island, Tocantins, Brazil, in: AIP Conference Proceedings. pp. 552–555. doi:10.1063/1.4804829

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