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The carbon sink and ozone: dynamics of carbon in a natural beech forest

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   

Code Science Field
P510  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physical geography, geomorphology, pedology, cartography, climatology 
B434  Biomedical sciences  Agrochemistry 
P305  Natural sciences and mathematics  Environmental chemistry 
B410  Biomedical sciences  Soil science, agricultural hydrology 
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 
B270  Biomedical sciences  Plant ecology 
B230  Biomedical sciences  Microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology 
B310  Biomedical sciences  Physiology of vascular plants 
Keywords
carbon sink, ozone, soil processes, roots, mycorrhizae, modeling, beech (Fagus sylvatica L.)
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Researchers (18)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  26179  Tinca Brišnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2005 - 2006 
2.  15493  PhD Matjaž Čater  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  301 
3.  11062  PhD Zalika Črepinšek  Physics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  273 
4.  21242  PhD Tine Grebenc  Plant production  Researcher  2004 - 2007  489 
5.  17332  Jana Janša    Researcher  2004 
6.  09593  PhD Lučka Kajfež-Bogataj  Physics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  2,705 
7.  13446  PhD Polona Kalan Carson  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004  132 
8.  07127  PhD Hojka Kraigher  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Head  2004 - 2007  1,332 
9.  25448  PhD Barbara Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2006  970 
10.  19950  MSc Mitja Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004  369 
11.  17336  Matej Rupel    Researcher  2004  72 
12.  10264  PhD Primož Simončič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  702 
13.  24777  Barbara Štupar    Technical associate  2006 - 2007  29 
14.  28224  PhD Andrej Verlič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2007  158 
15.  22592  PhD Urša Vilhar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004 - 2006  420 
16.  24343  PhD Marjana Westergren  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2006 - 2007  408 
17.  28401  PhD Peter Železnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2007  188 
18.  21137  Daniel Žlindra  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2004  170 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  12,014 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,295 
Abstract
The role of forests in carbon sequestration is incorporated into global models (Kyoto Protocol, UNFCCC, 1998), however the carbon sink strength and fluxes in a changing environment have not yet been well determined. Beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) natural and co-naturally managed forests cover ca 2/3 (i.e. 750.000 ha) of all forests sites in Slovenia and can be considered as a model tree species / forest ecosystems for the slovenian and central-european forests in modeling the role of forests in carbon sequestraion. Within the European project CASIROZ (The Carbon Sink Strength of Beech in a Changing Environment: Experimental Risk Assessment of Mitigation by Chronic Ozone Impact; EVK2-CT-2002-00165) the objective is to assess the vulnerability of beech trees under stand conditions of Central Europe to the tropospheric, chronic ozone impact by employing a Free Air Canopy O3 Exposure system (FACOE) in a forest research plot in Bavaria. In this whole tree response patterns to the absorbed ozone fluxes are to be derived as a diagnostic means to the physiologically relevant O3 dose and 'Critical Levels' of O3 exposure (AOT40) are to be re-evaluated. From the data obtained a central database and a new modular modeling concept will be developed for handling mechanistic scaling approaches of findings from the cell to the stand level with respect to assess C sink strength through modeling under simulated global-change scenarios. For carbon sink strength and the development of the model below-ground processes are crucial. Below-ground studies are lead by the Slovenian partner, who proposes, in collaboration with the leading modeling partner from Belgium, background soil & rhizosphere studies for better development of the soil module. The present project proposal therefore concentrates on studies of below-ground C fluxes studied in two forest research plots in a managed and natural beech forest in Slovenia. The data obtained will be used for the common CASIROZ database & the development of the soil & ecosystem module in the new modeling concept.
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