Forecasting impacts of climate change and workforce availability on natural rubber commodity chain in South-East Asia.

Natural rubber, derived from rubber trees, is a major renewable raw material, produced mainly in Southeast Asia. Rubber is cultivated essentially by smallholders, and plays a major socio-economic role, particularly in rural environments. There are many challenges, but climate change puts the sector at risk because many current areas of production are likely to find themselves rapidly under climates that have so far been considered unsuitable due to high average temperatures and water stress.

Your work will be to model the impact of such climate stress on the functioning of rubber trees, based on data collected in Thailand, including CO2, water and energy from a network of flux towers.

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