Carbon cycle science

This project aims to improve understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle and its implications for climate policy.

Soils contain twice as much carbon as the atmosphere and even small changes in their carbon storage capacity might contribute significantly to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This carbon-storing capacity is vulnerable to the impacts of human activity, such as land use and climate change.

Using the latest gas flux monitoring and stable isotope tracer technology, we assess how environmental change affects carbon cycling within the atmosphere-canopy-soil system. The research contributes to better terrestrial carbon cycle models and reduces uncertainty about the climate change feedbacks caused by changes in soil carbon cycling.

SEI contact: Andreas Heinemeyer

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