How do tropical forest conversion, re-growth, and selective logging, influence carbon storage, nutrient dynamics, trace gas fluxes, and the prospect for sustainable land use in Amaz˘nia?
To this end, the LBA-ECO science team has organized into four science themes, each with a specific set of Science Questions it seeks to address:
- Nutrient Dynamics and Surface Water Chemistry
- Trace Gas and Aerosol Fluxes
- Land Cover and Land Use Change
Carbon Dynamics Theme -
Investigation Code: CD
The Carbon Dynamics theme studies involve the quantification of the carbon pools in vegetation and soils and the rates of carbon exchange among the atmosphere, vegetation, and soils, and the way in which these rates are altered by natural and human disturbances.
Nutrient Dynamics and Surface Water Chemistry Theme - Investigation Code: ND
The Nutrient Dynamics and Surface Water Chemistry theme studies are focused on the quantification of nutrient pools and fluxes and relationships with land use and sustainability. Studies are quantifying the changes in surface water chemistry resulting from land cover and land use change. Nitrogen and phosphorus are the nutrients of major interest.
Trace Gas and Aerosol Fluxes Theme -
Investigation Code: TG
The Trace Gas and Aerosol Fluxes theme studies focus on the quantification of the fluxes of trace gases between the surface and the atmosphere and the identification of the biological and physical factors that control these fluxes. Studies are comparing natural systems with managed land uses and systems recovering from human management.
Land Cover and Land Use Change Theme -
Investigation Code: LC
The Land Cover and Land Use Change theme studies focus on the documentation of past and current land cover and land use changes throughout Amazônia and development of a capability to predict the location and magnitude of future land cover and land use changes in the region.
Physical Climate -
Investigation Code: PC
In the Physical Climate theme, meteorological and hydrological studies will be conducted for nested spatial scales, from plots to the entire Amazonia, with focus on determining and understanding the spatial and temporal variations of energy and water fluxes.