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The overall objective of the terrestrial ecosystems research initiative (TERI) is to improve the ability to predict the consequences of the interactive effects of changes in land use, climate, and atmospheric composition and physics on 3 areas of primary concern for European terrestrial ecosystems:
carbon, nutrients and water pools and fluxes, and related trace gas emissions;
biodiversity in terms of its significance for ecosystem functioning;
future landscape patterning constrained by changes in the above phenomena.
TERI aims at analysing the mechanisms which control these processes and determine these patterns, at understanding, modelling and predicting the ways in which these processes and patters are disturbed by human activity and climate change, and finally at providing the fundamental scientific basis for a better management of European ecosystems and landscapes, and to improve European environmental policies.

This document covers the areas in which implementation of research will achieve these aims and explains the conceptual transect approach adapted to ensure representative studies.

Additional information

Authors: MENAUT J-C, CEC Bruxelles (BE);STRUWE S (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1996) 24pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the TERI Office, European Commission, DG XII-D, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2963024
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