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Vulnerability assessment of shrubland ecosystems in europe under climatic changes (VULCAN)

Objective

European shrub land ecosystems are vulnerable to various environmental stress factors. Climate change will lead to higher nighttime temperature, more vigorous rainstorms and extended droughts which will likely have impacts on ecosystem functioning in European shrub lands. VULCAN investigates the these impacts by experimental manipulations of 6 shrub land ecosystems in Europe and studies of the effects of warming and drought on plant, soil, fauna and soil water processes. Temperature manipulations are done as nighttime warming and drought as 2-month summer drought. Based on the experimental results and existing knowledge on management impacts on shrub land ecosystems an expert system is developed to conduct vulnerability scenarios for shrub lands in order to evaluate and prioritise management actions. The results are further integrated with experiences from potential end users through an end user panel and management guidelines to counteract climate change effects on shrub lands are developed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

RISOE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
Denmark

Participants (10)

CENTRE DE RECERCA ECOLOGIA I APLICACIONS FORESTALS
Spain
Address
Univ. Autonoma De Barcelona - Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND BOTANY - HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Hungary
Address
Alkotmany 2-4
2163 Vacratot
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Orton Building, Deiniol Road
LL57 2UP Bangor (Gwynedd)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, AARHUS
Denmark
Address
Strandkaervej 6-8
8400 Ebeltoft
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Kruislaan 318
1098 SM Amsterdam
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Lai Street 40
51005 Tartu
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor (Gwynedd)
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via S. Camillo De Lellis
01100 Viterbo
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Italy
Address
Via E. De Nicoia, 9
07100 Sassari