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

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."

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)

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Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann

Luxembourg

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 483 342,20

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 218 197,76

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 081,62

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 226 468,88

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 244 601,72

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 448 537,76

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 234 740

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 081,62

SILIXA LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 192 389,12

NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 081,62

BIOSISTEMIKA, RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 141 606,08

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607150

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 787 007,18

  • EU contribution

    € 3 787 007,18

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom