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Research in the Steiner group is focused on understanding the role of the terrestrial biosphere in atmospheric chemistry and climate. Why is the biosphere important? From the climate perspective, it can exchange energy and moisture to the atmosphere and affect the atmospheric boundary layer, clouds and precipitation. For chemistry, the terrestrial vegetation emits a large suite of gases and particles that affect atmospheric composition. Chemistry and climate processes at this interface are closely linked. We're interested in understanding the feedbacks between the atmosphere and biosphere for both chemistry and climate, and are working to answer the following questions: