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Effects of land-use changes on sources, sinks and fluxes of carbon in European mountain areas

Objective

In support of the Kyoto Protocol, CARBOMONT aims to quantify and understand the sources, sinks and fluxes of carbon and their variability in non-forest European mountain ecosystems in different land use. CARBOMONT will be carried out in study sites along a European transect from 42-68° Northern latitude. In each study site differently managed and abandoned ecosystems will be investigated in comparative manner, focussing on carbon sequestration and flux partitioning. Interactions between the carbon and nitrogen cycle will be analysed as far as carbon flux rates and source/sink relationships are concerned. Experimental results will be incorporated into process-oriented ecosystem and landscape scale carbon balance models. These will be applied to analyse how contrasting policy scenarios, as defined by focus groups set up at each site, may alter ecosystem and landscape carbon sequestration.

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Coordinator

LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Address

15,Sternwartestrasse 15
6020 Innsbruck

Austria

Participants (14)

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CENTRO DI ECOLOGIA ALPINA

Italy

FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO

Spain

INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGY OF INDUSTRIAL AREAS

Poland

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY - CZECH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Czechia

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

LUND UNIVERSITY

Sweden

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY

Hungary

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU

Estonia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2001-00125

  • Start date

    1 November 2001

  • End date

    31 October 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 229 269

  • EU contribution

    € 1 949 949

Coordinated by:

LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria