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Raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate and long-term land use change in the Amazon

Raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate and long-term land use change in the Amazon

Objective

AMAZALERT will enable raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate, society, land-use change, vegetation change, water availability and policies in Amazonia. We will:
1) analyze and improve coupled models of global climate and Amazon, land use, vegetation and socio-economic drivers to quantify anthropogenic and climate induced land-use and land cover change and non-linear, irreversible feedbacks among these components
2) assess the role of regional and global policies and societal responses in the Amazon region for altering the trajectory of land-use change in the face of climate change and other anthropogenic factors and finally
3) propose i) an Early Warning System for detecting any imminent irreversible loss of Amazon ecosystem services, ii) policy response strategies to prevent such loss.

We first prioritise the functions of Amazonia and threats to these. We then will analyse uncertainties in biogeochemistry, land cover (vegetation), land-use change and regional hydrology , as well as nonlinear responses and feedbacks using existing and new simulations from state of the art models in which land surface is coupled to global climate. The way in which policies and possible future response strategies of policy makers, trade and economy will affect land-use change will be modelled. This will lead to (A) understanding the impact on and effectiveness of a range of international and regional policy options, including REDD+; and (B) identification of both biophysical and socio-economic indicators of irreversible change.
AMAZALERT integrates the multidisciplinary knowledge and research of world-renowned, highly influential climate, land cover, land use change scientists and also policy analysts from 14 European and South-American institutions that have been collaborating for 10 to 30 years. Thus, this project can achieve maximum impact on EU (2020 climate goals), international and South-American strategies, including REDD

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 713 784

Administrative Contact

Nies Springer (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 482 270

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 319 115

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 339 345

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 188 808

EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA EMBRAPA

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 309 240

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 156 600

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 185 679

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 228 001

FUNDACION AMIGOS DE LA NATURALEZA

Bolivia

EU Contribution

€ 52 330

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 213 114

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 227 998

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 36 936

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA

Colombia

EU Contribution

€ 41 200

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 282664

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 757 920,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 494 420

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands