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Project

GHG-POPFULL - Full greenhouse gas balance of a short rotation coppice (SRC) plantation of poplar.

The main objective of the project is to produce a full accounting of the greenhouse gas balance of a short-rotation coppice (SRC) plantation culture with poplar. This will lead to the ultimate goal, i.e. to examine the potential of SRC cultures to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations in Europe and to mitigate climate change. As atmospheric CO2 concentrations will inevitably increase further from 370 ppm at present to values between 490 ppm (best case scenario) and 1260 ppm (worst case scenario) at the end of this century, we will test the potential of SRC crops to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere and to mitigate several greenhouse gases (CH4, N2O, O3). We will also monitor and quantify ozone fluxes as poplar is a sensitive crop to tropospheric ozone levels.
Date:1 Sep 2010  →  31 Aug 2012
Keywords:BIOENERGY, GREENHOUSE GAS, GLOBAL CHANGE, POPLAR, OZONE, CARBON DIOXIDE
Disciplines:Ecology, Plant biology, Environmental science and management, Other environmental sciences, Forestry sciences