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Renato Braghiere

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-305F

Pasadena, CA 91109


(626) 491-3675

Curriculum Vitae:

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Water & Ecosystems

Caltech Affiliate


Dr. Renato K. Braghiere is a Research Scientist at California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he develops 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.

Dr. Braghiere 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 as root uptake of water and nutrients; (ii) using state-of-the-art process-based models and remote sensing to refine local and global representations of the carbon and water cycles; and (iii) developing more informed projections of plant growth, especially under future climate scenarios.


  • Ph.D., Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • B.Sc., Meteorology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Global Environmental Center, California Institute of Technology/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2022–present)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, JIFRESSE, UCLA, Los Angeles/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2019–2022)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, INRAE, Montpellier, France (2018-2019)

Research Interests

  • Global carbon cycling (Biosphere-Atmosphere interactions)
  • Radiative transfer theory (Remote Sensing)
  • Earth system modeling

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. Ma, A. L., Ma, S., Bloom, A. A., Norton, A. J., Yin, Y., Levine, P. A., Braghiere, R. K., Parazoo, N. C., Worden, J. R., Schimel, D. S., Miller, C. E., Watts, J. D., Quetin, G. R., Donatella, Z., & Euskirchen, E. S. (2023). Resolving the Carbon-Climate Feedback Potential of Wetland CO2 and CH4 Fluxes in Alaska. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 37(9), e2022GB007524.
  2. Massoud, E. C., Hoffman, F., Shi, Z., Tang, J., Alhajjar, E., Barnes, M., Braghiere, R. K., Cardon, Z., Collier, N., Crompton, O., Dennedy-Frank, P. J., Gautam, S., Gonzalez-Meler, M. A., Green, J. K., Koven, C., Levine, P., MacBean, N., Mao, J., Mills, R. T., … Zarakas, C. (2023). Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence for Predictions in Ecohydrology. Artificial Intelligence for the Earth Systems.
  3. Braghiere, R. K., Wang, Y., Gagné-Landmann, A., Brodrick, P. G., Bloom, A. A., Norton, A. J., Ma, S., Levine, P., Longo, M., Deck, K., Gentine, P., Worden, J. R., Frankenberg, C., & Schneider, T. (2023). The Importance of Hyperspectral Soil Albedo Information for Improving Earth System Model Projections. AGU Advances, 4(4), e2023AV000910.
  4. Norton, A. J., Bloom, A. A., Parazoo, N. C., Levine, P. A., Ma, S., Braghiere, R. K., & Smallman, T. L. (2023). Improved process representation of leaf phenology significantly shifts climate sensitivity of ecosystem carbon balance. Biogeosciences, 20(12), 2455–2484.
  5. Wang, Y., Braghiere, R. K., Longo, M., Norton, A. J., Köhler, P., Doughty, R., et al. (2023). Modeling Global Vegetation Gross Primary Productivity, Transpiration and Hyperspectral Canopy Radiative Transfer Simultaneously Using a Next Generation Land Surface Model—CliMA Land. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 15(3), e2021MS002964.
  6. Braghiere R.K., Fisher J B, Miner K R, Miller C E, Worden J R, Schimel D S and Frankenberg C 2023 Tipping point in North American Arctic-Boreal carbon sink persists in new generation Earth system models despite reduced uncertainty Environ. Res. Lett. 18 025008.
  7. Li F, Hao D, Zhu Q, Yuan K, Braghiere R.K., He L, Luo X, Wei S, Riley W J, Zeng Y, Chen M and Fa Li C 2022 Vegetation clumping modulates global photosynthesis through adjusting canopy light environment Glob. Chang. Biol. 00 1–16. https://
  8. Braghiere, R.K., Fisher, J.B., Allen, K., Brzostek, E., Shi, M., Yang, X., Ricciuto, D.M., Fisher, R.A., Zhu, Q., Phillips, R.P., 2022. Modeling global carbon costs of plant nitrogen and phosphorus acquisition. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst. e2022MS003204.
  9. Wang, Y., Köhler, P., Braghiere, R.K., Longo, M., Doughty, R., Bloom, A.A., Frankenberg, C., 2022. GriddingMachine, a database and software for Earth system modeling at global and regional scales. Sci. Data 9, 1–11.
  10. Wang, Y., Köhler, P., He, L., Doughty, R., Braghiere, R. K., Wood, J. D., Frankenberg, C. (2021). Testing stomatal models at the stand level in deciduous angiosperm and evergreen gymnosperm forests using CliMA Land (v0.1). Geoscientific Model Development, 14(11), 6741–6763.
  11. Braghiere, R. K., Fisher, J. B., Fisher, R. A., Shi, M., Steidinger, B. S., Sulman, B. N., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Yang, X., Liang, J., Peay, K. G., Crowther, T. W. and Phillips, R. P., 2021. Mycorrhizal Distributions Impact Global Patterns of Carbon and Nutrient Cycling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48(19),
  12. Braghiere, R. K., Wang, Y., Doughty, R., Sousa, D., Magney, T., Widlowski, J.-L., Longo, M., Bloom, A.A., Worden, J., Gentine, P., Frankenberg, C., 2021. Accounting for canopy structure improves hyperspectral radiative transfer and sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence representations in a new generation Earth System model. Remote Sensing of Environment, 261, 112497.
  13. Braghiere, R.K., Quaife, T., Black, E., Ryu, Y., Chen, Q., Kauwe, M.G. De, Baldocchi, D., 2020. Influence of sun zenith angle on canopy clumping and the resulting impacts on photosynthesis. Agric. For. Meteorol. 291, 108065.
  14. Braghiere, R. K., Gérard, F., Evers, J., Pradal, C. and Pages, L., 2020: Simulating the effects of water limitation on plant biomass using a 3D functional-structural plant model of shoot and root driven by soil hydraulics, Ann. Bot.
  15. Braghiere, R. K., Yamasoe, M. A., do Rosário, N. M., da Rocha, H., de Souza Nogueira, J. and de Araújo, A. C., 2020: Characterization of the radiative impact of aerosols on CO2 and energy fluxes in the Amazon deforestation arch using artificial neural networks, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20(6), 3439-3458,
  16. Braghiere, R. K., Quaife, T., Black, E., He, L. and Chen, J. M., 2019: Underestimation of Global Photosynthesis in Earth System Models Due to Representation of Vegetation Structure, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 33(11), 1358-1369,
  17. 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.