The multi-year impacts of the 2015/2016 El Niño on the carbon cycle of tropical forests.

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:37

Earth is currently experiencing its strongest El Niño for many decades. Such events lead to a carbon source in the tropical land biosphere, but the exact mechanism of this carbon source is poorly described and quantified. This study would provide the clearest picture yet available of the main mechanisms of carbon cycle perturbation within intact tropical biomes, information that will be used to directly inform and test carbon cycle sensitivities in global biosphere models

Objective
  • To conduct a systematic analysis of the impacts of the El Nino event
  • Track the productivity and respiration at seasonal resolution to understand the multi-year impacts
Investigators

Stephen Adu-Bredu, Yadvinder Malhi, Christopher Doughty

Responsible party
CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Collaborating Institutions
University of Oxford
Funding bodies
Natural Environment Research Council of United Kingdom (NERC) (NE/P00394X/1)