TerrA-P (https://terra-p.vito.be/) is a European Space Agency project led by Roel van Hoolst and Else Swinnen at VITO, an independent technological research organization in the Flanders region. VITO has a great deal of expertise in remote sensing, all the way from satellite technology to biosphere models driven by satellite data. TerrA-P is developing a prototype … Continue reading Progress in the TerrA-P project – testing a model for above-ground primary production
The University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research is a recent, and very welcome, addition to the UK’s ecosystem research landscape. Founded with a £15M private donation, the institute is most famous for its flagship research facility, the BIFoR Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) experiment in a mixed oak-hazel woodland at Mill Haft, Staffordshire. FACE is … Continue reading Keynote presentation at BIFoR’s annual conference. Talking forests, FACE and frameworks.
Wildfires have been around since the dawn of life on land. They are vital to many ecosystems, recycling nutrients and increasing soil fertility. People have long been starting and controlling wildfires to manage croplands. But for as many benefits as they bring, there are serious downsides such as contributing to deforestation, emitting carbon dioxide, affecting … Continue reading ICL is leading the way on understanding, predicting and co-existing with wildfires globally. Prof Iain Colin Prentice and colleagues were awarded £10 million to set up the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society.