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Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling

Objective

"INTERFACES is a supra-disciplinary training and research network that aims (1) to develop conceptual process understanding of the role of ecohydrological interfaces (i.e. system boundaries) for the transport and transformation of fluxes of heat, energy and water and interlinked biogeochemical cycles (C, N, O) at micro- to landscape-scale; and (2) to create the next generation of supra-disciplinary scientist that are able to work beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, blend cutting-edge field, laboratory and modelling technologies, and understand the practical relevance of their research.
Ecohydrological interfaces connect different environmental (sub-) systems and represent important new cross-disciplinary research domains to extend our knowledge horizons. Moreover, these environmental intersections offer an extremely fertile training ground because exploration of interface process dynamics requires novel linkage between traditionally distinct disciplines, and development of a supra-disciplinary research and training philosophy to foster the evolution of a new generation of scientists.
Training and research will span novel distributed sensing technologies, innovative tracer methods and integrated numerical models of heat fluxes, metabolism, biogeochemical turnover and ecological functioning to understand how, when (hot moments) and why ecohydrological interfaces (e.g. aquatic-terrestrial, groundwater-surface water, marine-sediment interfaces) act as critical hotspots for water-dependent environmental processes. The urgently improved mechanistic process understanding developed by INTERFACES will not only provide industries, regulators and decision makers with the capacity to predict the complex, non-linear landscape-wide impacts of ecohydrological interfaces in a changing environment but also to understand how important ecosystem services provided by different ecohydrological interfaces can maintain or even enhance resilience to global environmental changes."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 903 878,80
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)

Participants (12)

Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann

Participation ended

Luxembourg
Address
Rue Du Brill 41
4422 Belvaux
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michèle De Pourck (Mrs.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 483 342,20
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emilie Floch (Mrs.)
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 218 197,76
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Franc Potočnik (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 081,62
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutiérrez (Mr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 468,88
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 244 601,72
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Battin (Prof.)
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 448 537,76
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jessica Andrae (Ms.)
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 234 740
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michèle Bartucci (Mrs.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 081,62
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
SILIXA LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 389,12
Address
Centennial Avenue 230 Centennial
WD6 3SN Elstree Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Euridike Gina Elesztos (Ms.)
NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 081,62
Address
Can Carner Terra Alta - Pol.ind. 51
08211 Castellar Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Sorolla (Mr.)
BIOSISTEMIKA, RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 141 606,08
Address
Koprska Ulica 98
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katarina Kovač (Dr.)