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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

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 713 784
Administrative Contact
Nies Springer (Ms.)

Participants (14)

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 482 270
Address
Avenida Dos Astronautas 1758
12227-010 Sao Jose Dos Campos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julia Reid (Ms.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 319 115
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paula Newton (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 339 345
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julie Zittel (Ms.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 188 808
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA EMBRAPA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 309 240
Address
Prq Estacao Biologica Pqeb Edificio Sede Plano Piloto
70770901 Brasilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudio Bragantini (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 156 600
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 185 679
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hannes Schwaiger (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 228 001
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gordon Marshall (Mr.)
FUNDACION AMIGOS DE LA NATURALEZA
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 52 330
Address
Kilometro 7 1 2 Doble Via A La
Santa Cruz De La Sierra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yamile Bravo (Ms.)
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 213 114
Address
Telegrafenberg 31
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Bounama (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 227 998
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 36 936
Address
Rua Da Reitoria 109 Butanta
05508 900 Sao Paulo Sp
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Sonia Da Silva (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 41 200
Address
Carrera 30
N/A Bogota
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Maria Montoya Velez (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hetty De Wilde (Ms.)