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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2010

BIOCOM Biotic community attributes and ecosystem functioning : implications for predicting and mitigating global change impacts

Biotic Global Change

Titre : BIOCOM Biotic community attributes and ecosystem functioning : implications for predicting and mitigating global change impacts

New insight into links between biodiversity and climate change mitigation in global drylands

Région : Drylands

Durée : Start date : 2010-01-01, End date : 2015-09-30

Présentation
The environmental importance of arid, semi-arid and dry-subhumid ecosystems – also referred to as drylands - is less well known. Drylands cover about 40% of the Earth’s land surface and support 38% of human population. With his BIOCOM project Dr Fernando T. Maestre, a 2009 ERC Starting grantee from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain), investigates the role of biodiversity in enhancing the ability of drylands to maintain essential functions. Some of these functions have the capacity to combat the consequences of climate change and desertification in drylands worldwide An important result of this research is that the increase in average annual temperatures predicted by climate change models will reduce the ability of dryland ecosystems to perform multiple functions related to carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycling, which are crucial to supporting life on Earth

Porteur du projet : Fernando Tomás Maestre Gil (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

Max ERC funding  : 1,463,374 €

Présentation : ERC (European Research Council)

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