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Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems and increasing drought: vulnerability assessment

Objective

The MIND project will address relevant questions concerning the vulnerability of terrestrial Mediterranean Ecosystems to changes in rainfall. The objectives of the project will be achieved by developing unprecedented large-scale manipulative experiments in four sites in Southern Europe (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal). Innovative tools will be used to assess the flows of carbon, water and energy to and from the terrestrial biosphere across the spectrum of time (two to three years) and space (Northern Mediterranean region). The definition of specific Vulnerability Indices and the preparation of a comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment will be the major deliverables of the project. Accordingly, the MIND project will become an unprecedented collaborative, multinational and interdisciplinary effort dealing with Mediterranean ecosystems, in the area of Global Change Research.

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Coordinator

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Address

P. Delle Cascine, 18
50144 Firenze

Italy

Administrative Contact

Giampiero MARACCHI (Prof.)

Participants (10)

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ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO

Spain

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA

Italy

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1

France

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00158

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 652 415

  • EU contribution

    € 2 438 434

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy