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AFRICA-GHG: The role of African tropical forests on the Greenhouse Gases balance of the atmosphere

Objective

The role of the African continent in the global carbon cycle, and therefore in climate change, is increasingly recognised. Despite the increasingly acknowledged importance of Africa in the global carbon cycle and its high vulnerability to climate change there is still a lack of studies on the carbon cycle in representative African ecosystems (in particular tropical forests), and on the effects of climate on ecosystem-atmosphere exchange. In the present proposal we want to focus on these spoecifc objectives : 1. Understand the role of African tropical rainforest on the GHG balance of the atmosphere and revise their role on the global methane and N2O emissions. 2. Determine the carbon source/sink strength of African tropical rainforest in the pre-industrial versus the XXth century by temporal reconstruction of biomass growth with biogeochemical markers 3. Understand and quantify carbon and GHG fluxes variability across African tropical forests (west east equatorial belt) 4.Analyse the impact of forest degradation and deforestation on carbon and other GHG emissions

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

ERC-2009-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 084 390
Principal investigator
Riccardo Valentini (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Laura Panzera (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 084 390
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
Principal investigator
Riccardo Valentini (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Laura Panzera (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 322 560
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Barbini (Dr.)