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Carbon balance estimates and resource management support with data from project networks implemented art european continental scale

Objective

Problems to be solved
CARBODATA is a project designed to exploit and to make widely available the results of the EU funded research projects such as EUROFLUX, MEDEFLU and CANIF concerning carbon fluxes and carbon stocks of European forests. The EUROFLUX and MEDEFLU Programmes have established 25 sites in Europe with continuous monitoring of carbon, water, and energy exchanges in forests. Methods used have been standardised and quality controlled in terms of data acquisition and the suite of important variables measured. An additional suite of data on nitrogen and carbon processes, especially considering the links between soils and vegetation processes, has been assembled by the project CANIF and will be available through CARBODATA. Additionally, it will assemble a CO2 database at European continental scale and with inverse modelling produce continental scale maps of CO2 exchange between the vegetated surface and the atmosphere.
Scientific objectives and approach
CARBODATA specific objectives are:
i) to create an on-line data centre where it is possible to retrieve information related to the carbon cycle for a wide range of ecosystems and locations;
(ii) to provide on-line estimates of day by day changes in the carbon sink and source strengths at various sites where highly integrated ecosystem studies are ongoing;
(iii) to distribute on-line data for validation of remote sensing products;
(iv) to provide summaries (products and tools) in the form of models on-line that may be applied in carbon balance analyses;
(v) to support development of up-scaling efforts by synthesising results from carbon balance studies, and thereby to build an interface between remote sensing products and the community examining ways to influence the carbon cycle;
(vi) to provide European maps of fluxes optimised against atmospheric CO2 concentration measurements, and
(vii) to provide model-based carbon sink estimates in response to requests of stake-holders or EU member states.
Expected impacts
This project forms part of the CARBOEUROPE cluster which will provide a focus for policy-relevant terrestrial carbon research in the Fifth Framework Programme. A significant input to negotiations on the implementation of the relevant provisions of the Kyoto Protocol is expected, and mechanisms for engaging with policy makers at EU and Member State level have been established.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Address
Via S. Camillo De Lellis
01100 Viterbo
Italy

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue De La Terrasse, Bftiment 12
91198 Gif Sur Yvette
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Cnrs,orme Des Merisiers, Batiment 709
91191 Gif Sur Yvette
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi Tp 290
21020 Ispra
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Carl-zeiss-promenade 10
07701 Jena
UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH
Germany
Address
Universitätsstrasse 30
95440 Bayreuth
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg 69
6708 PD Wageningen