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Project Coordinator

Participant ID: 1 - Università degli Studi della Tuscia (UNITUS)
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Expertise and experience
 
The Department of Forest Science and Environment (DISAFRI) of University of Tuscia is composed by 11 full time permanent scientists working in the field of forest research with a major aim in understanding the biological processes and interactions from the scale of plants to the ecosystem and regional problems, with a major emphasis on biogeochemical cycles. In the course of time DISAFRI has developed new techniques in the field of canopy fluxes of carbon, water, energy and volatile compounds, modelling of ecosystem biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing of forest ecosystems processes.
The Department gained considerable expertise in managing national and international projects (CEE EPOCH and STEP, EUREKA, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE projects: Euroflux coordination, Bema, Canif, Vocamod, Medeflu, Eurasianet - coordination, NASA projects: FLUXNET) dealing with carbon, energy and water cycling, ozone formation, ecosystem modelling and remote sensing. The Department has coordinated the carbon projects CARBODATA (EVK2-CT1999-00044) and CARBOEUROFLUX (EVK2-CT1999-00032), which participate in the CarboEurope cluster. At the moment the Department is coordinating the project CARBOEUROPE-GHG (EVK2-2002-20014).
 
Role in this project
 
UNITUS will have the main role as overall project co-ordinator.
 
WP1: adapt the CarboeuropeIP methods for standardization, gapfilling and partitioning of Eddy covariance measurement to the African datasets; build the database for flux measurement, ancillary data and satellite/spatialized data; eddy tower in Gabon.
 
WP2: ecological surveys at selected flux tower sites.
 
WP3: parameterize and run the ANN model.
 
WP4: contribution to the parameterization of combustion models
 
WP5: contribution to workshop and training courses.
 
WP6: analysis and evaluation of eligibility of Kyoto protocol CDM projects.
 
Principal Investigator and collaborators
 
Riccardo Valentini is full professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Tuscia. His expertise concerns canopy processes, particularly eddy covariance measurements and modelling of carbon dioxide and water vapour fluxes, volatile organic compounds exchanges and biophysical and physiological studies on forest trees. His recent studies concerned the role of land use changes and forestry in the carbon cycle and biodiversity and regionalization studies of biospheric exchanges at the continental scale. He is also involved through IPCC and governmental bodies on policies about the global carbon cycle and the role of land use changes and forestry. He is coordinator of several EU projects in the CARBOEUROPE cluster aiming to understand and quantify the terrestrial carbon budget. Chair of the Italian National Global Change committee. Chairman of the Terrestrial Carbon Observation panel of GTOS. He published more than 100 papers in scientific journals.
 
Dario Papale, Dr., is research assistant at the University of Tuscia. His work primarily concerned remote sensing application to forest ecology and in particular to spatialization of terrestrial carbon fluxes at regional and continental scale. He is responsible of the flux tower data center of the CarboEurope project.
 
Antonio Bombelli, PhD, Biologist, his expertise concerns plant ecophysiology, focusing on photosynthetic activity, water use efficiency, phenotypic plasticity, leaf anatomy and morphology, in order to define plant adaptive strategies to natural (especially drought) and anthropogenic stress.
 
Renato Zompanti, technician, has many years of experience in field works, biological sampling, and instrument maintenance and calibration.
 
Example publications
 
Baldocchi D., Valentini R., Running S., Oechel W., Dahlman R. 1996 - Strategies for measuring and modelling carbon dioxide and water vapour fluxes over terrestrial ecosystems. Global Change Biology 2(3):159-168.
Canadell JG, Mooney HA, Baldocchi DD, Berry JA, Ehleringer JR, Field CB, Gower ST, Hollinger DY, Hunt JE, Jackson RB, Running SW, Shaver GR, Steffen W, Trumbore SE, Valentini R, Bond BY (2000) Carbon Metabolism of the Terrestrial Biosphere: a multi-technique approach for improved understanding. Ecosystems 3:115-130
IGBP Terrestrial Carbon Working Group 1998 - The terrestrial Carbon Cycle: Implications for the Kyoto Protocol. Science 280: 1393 - 1394.
Kesselmeier J., Ciccioli P., Kuhn U., Stefani P., Biesenthal T., S., R., Wolf A., Vitullo M., Valentini R., Nobre A., Kabat P., & Andreae, M. O. (2002). Volatile organic compound emissions in relation to plant carbon fixation and the terrestrial carbon budget. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 16(4), 73(71)-73(79).
Schulze E. D., Lloyd J., Kelliher F. M., Wirth C., Rebmann C., Lukher B., Mund M., Milykova I., schulze W., Ziegler W., Varlagin A., Valentini R., Dore S., Grigoriev S., Kolle O., Vygodskaya N.N. 1999. Productivity of forests in the Eurosiberian boreal region and their potential to act as a carbon sink. Global Change Biology 5:703-722.
Schulze, E.-D., D. Mollicone, F. Achard, G. Matteucci, S. Federici, H.G. Eva, and R. Valentini, Making deforestation pay under the Kyoto Protocol?, 2003 Science, 299, 1669.
Schulze, E.-D., R. Valentini, and M.J. Sanz, 2002. The long way from Kyoto to Marrakesh: Implications of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations for Global Ecology., Global Change Biology, 8, 505-518.
Valentini R., De Angelis P., Matteucci G., Monaco R., Dore S., Scarascia Mugnozza G. 1996 - Seasonal net carbon dioxide exchange of a beech forest with the atmosphere. Global Change Biology 2(3):199 - 209.
Valentini R., Dore S., Marchi G., Mollicone D., Panfyorov M., Rebmann C., Kolle O., Schulze E-D. 2000 - Carbon and water exchanges of two contrasting central Siberian landscape types: regenerating forest and bog. Functional Ecology 14:87-96.
Valentini R., G. Matteucci, A.J. Dolman, E.-D. Schulze, C. Rebmann, E.J. Moors, A. Granier, P. Gross, N.O. Jensen, K. Pilegaard, A. Lindroth, A. Grelle, Ch. Bernhofer, T. Grünwald, M. Aubinet, R. Ceulemans, A.S. Kowalski, T. Vesala, Ü. Rannik, P. Berbigier, D. Loustau, J. Guðmundsson, H. Thorgeirsson, A. Ibrom, K. Morgenstern, R. Clement, J. Moncrieff, L. Montagnani, S. Minerbi, P.G. Jarvis 2000 -Respiration as the main determinant of European forests carbon balance. Nature 404: 861-865.
Valentini R., Scarascia Mugnozza G. E., Ehleringer J. 1992 - Hydrogen and carbon isotopes ratios of selected species of a Mediterranean Macchia Ecosystem. Functional Ecology 6:627-631.
Valentini R., Scarascia Mugnozza G., De Angelis P., Matteucci G. 1995- Coupling water sources and carbon metabolism of natural vegetation at integrated time and spaial scales. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology 44:124-129.
Valentini R., Scarascia Mugnozza G., De Angelis, P. Bimbi R. 1991 - An experimental test of the eddy correlation technique over a Mediterranean macchia canopy. Plant Cell Environment 14 : 987 - 994.
Valentini, R., Gamon, J.A. and Field, C.B., 1995. Ecosystem gas exchange in a California Serpentine Grassland : Seasonal Patterns and Implications for Scaling. Ecology, 76(6) : 1940 - 1952.
 
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