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The terrestrial Carbon cycle under Climate Variability and Extremes – a Pan-European synthesis

The terrestrial Carbon cycle under Climate Variability and Extremes – a Pan-European synthesis

Objective

The aim of this project is to achieve an improved knowledge of the terrestrial carbon cycle in response to climate variability and extremes, to represent and apply this knowledge over Europe with predictive terrestrial carbon cycle modelling, to interpret the model predictions in terms of vulnerability of the terrestrial – in particular soil – carbon pools and give according advice to EU climate and soil protection policies. This objective will be achieved by integrating three major types of recent and new solid scientific carbon cycle data, from: (i) soil process studies, (ii) a network of established ecosystem manipulation experiments, and (iii) long-term observations spanning several times-scales (e.g. eddy covariance data, tree rings and growth, crop yields, long-term remote sensing data on soil moisture and vegetation activity and soil carbon inventories). The integration will be reached by establishing a consistent and harmonized data base and by confronting the terrestrial carbon cycle models with the multiple data sets within a Bayesian model identification and improvement procedure. Specific model development concerning processes affected by extreme events (e.g. soil carbon destabilization, tree growth response incl. lag effects and mortality) will be included and followed by model testing and improvement against the data made available in the project. The improved models will simulate terrestrial processes relevant to carbon balance and soil erosion at pan- European scale using regionalized climate scenarios with explicit inclusion of extreme climatic events. Since we are using several climate scenarios and an ensemble of models we will be able to characterize the uncertainties in prediction coming from models and climate scenarios. We will interpret the empirical evidence from the observational work and the model simulations in a framework of vulnerability assessment and disseminate and discuss results with stakeholders at EU level.
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Address

Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 496 162,65

Administrative Contact

Petra Bauer (Ms.)

Participants (25)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 258 667

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 102 000

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 306 999,60

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 417 000

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 185 000

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 223 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 000

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 107 000

INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARI SI AMENAJARI SILVICE

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 20 000

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP

Spain

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 000

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 194 925

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 35 000

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 97 000

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 69 999,75

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

France

EU Contribution

€ 5 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226701

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 677 523,41

  • EU contribution

    € 3 312 754

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany