The course will provide the knowledge needed to design and implement a carbon monitoring system targeted to the specific ecosystem and research question/application. It will provide also the knowledge to find existing data and information from existing sources and critically evaluate them. EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES. 1) Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course the student will have the necessary tools to define the best strategy to monitor the ecosystem carbon cycle, the different options available and the overall knowledge to monitor the terrestrial ecosystems carbon and other greenhouse gases (GHG) exchange with the atmosphere in context of climate change. 2) Applied knowledge and understanding: the course will provide the necessary cognitive tools to allow the choice of the most suitable techniques for the study of the ecosystem carbon and other GHGs balances and the options to correctly collect, organize, store and analyse the measurements. 3) Making judgments: once the training course is over, the student will have the tools for a strong autonomy of judgement on issues related to the interactions between climate, atmosphere and ecosystems in the context of the carbon exchange and sequestration and on the options available for the quantification and monitoring of the GHGs exchange in natural ecosystems.. 4) Communication skills: at the end of the training course, the student must demonstrate that he or she is able to communicate and discuss in a concise but effective way the issues dealt with during the course, demonstrating the ability to integrate the knowledge acquired. 5) Learning skills: at the end of the course the student must have learned the concepts and techniques addressed and know how to define limits and fundamentals.
1. GHGs cycles, atmosphere and climate change 2. Monitoring carbon stocks changes in biomass and soil with inventory approaches 3. Monitoring canopy productivity and dynamics through periodic measurements of stock changes 4. Monitoring GHGs exchanges using chambers and practical applications 5. Monitoring GHGs exchanges using the Eddy Covariance technique: from setup to results (theory, sensors, fluxes calculation and correction, gapfilling, partitioning, evaluation) 6. Micrometeorological measurements and link to carbon and other GHGs monitoring 7. Remote sensing, phenology and Sun Induced Fluorescence 8. Global monitoring networks, data access and analysis 9. Data management, organization and interpretation
Burba, George. (2013). Eddy Covariance Method for Scientific, Industrial, Agricultural and Regulatory Applications: A Field Book on Measuring Ecosystem Gas Exchange and Areal Emission Rates. 10.13140/RG.2.1.4247.8561.
Aubinet M., Vesala T., Papale D (2012). Eddy Covariance - A Practical Guide to Measurement and Data Analysis. Springer, ISBN: 978-94-007-2351-1
The ICOS Instructions for Ecosystem measurements: http://www.icos-etc.eu/documents/instructions
Datasets and material provided during the course (Moodle)
Dates of beginning and end of teaching activities
From 26/09/2021 to 20/01/2022
At a distance
Objectives of the course
Università degli Studi della Tuscia - Rettorato, Via S.M. in Gradi n.4, 01100 Viterbo, ITALY - Tel. 0761.3571