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Land use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Objective

LUC4C will advance our fundamental knowledge of the climate change - land use change interactions, and develop a framework for the synthesis of complex earth system science into guidelines that are of practical use for policy and societal stakeholders.

Policies in support of climate change mitigation through land management, and the societal demand for other services from terrestrial ecosystems are currently rather disconnected, in spite of the large potential for co-benefits, but also the need for trade-offs. To identify the beneficial and detrimental aspects of alternative land use options, we will improve and evaluate a suite of modelling approaches at different levels of integration and complexity in order to (i) discern key elements of land-use that have the largest effect on climate, including dependencies across time and space, (ii) develop innovative methods to better quantify the dynamic interactions between land use and the climate system at different time and space scales, and (iii) deliver a portfolio of best practice guidelines for the identification of trade-offs, benefits or adverse effects of land-based mitigation policy options across different scenarios. In particular, LUC4C aims to:

1. enhance our ability to understand the societal and environmental drivers of land use and land cover change (LULCC) relevant to climate change;

2. assess regional and global effects of different mitigation policies and adaptation measures within alternative socio-economic contexts;

3. quantify how the LULCC-climate change interplay affects regional vs. global, and biophysical vs. biogeochemical ecosystem-atmosphere exchange, and how the relative magnitude of these interactions varies through time;

4. advance our ability to represent LULCC in climate models;

5. assess LULCC-climate effects on multiple land ecosystem services and analyse these in relation to other societal needs that provide either a synergy or trade-off to climate mitigation and adaptation.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 317 402,50
Administrative Contact
Irina Schott (Ms.)

Participants (14)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 472 213
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samantha Irish (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 749 432
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 260
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paula Newton (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 641 755
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 600 200
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 351 689
Address
Telegrafenberg 31
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dorothe Ilskens (Ms.)
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 407 026
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2500 EX Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marjorie Rensen (Mrs.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 520 052
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 436 800
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ivana Losa (Dr.)
denkstatt Bulgaria OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 114 050
Address
Dragalevtsi 6Th 19
1415 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boyan Rashev (Mr.)
FEDERAL STATE EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION RUSSIAN STATE AGRARIAN UNIVERSITY-MOSCOW TIMIRYAZEV AGRICULTURAL ACADEMY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 58 200
Address
Timiryazevskaya Ulitsa 49
127550 Moskva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Vasenev (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH NONPROFIT CORPORATION
United States
Address
Table Mesa Drive 1850
80307 3000 Boulder Co
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brian O'neill (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 24 999,75
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Lennard (Dr.)
PEKING UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 24 999,75
Address
The Summer Palace Road 5
100871 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shilong Piao (Prof.)