we visited a the pristine montane tropical forests in the Kahuzi Biega National Park (DRC), another TropSOC sampling site. Last year two GEO students did their thesis work in this forest (Gross nitrogen turnover rates in Central African tropical montane forest soils through in situ 15N-labelling experiments). Today though we were here mainly for our cousins…
This week the start-up meeting of TropSOC is held in Bukavu (DRC), which brings together researchers from 3 continents from different disciplines. From GEO, biogeochemist Tobias Rütting is attending.
Excursions are conducted in the South Kivu region and today a visit at the IITA station Kalambo (including soil laboratory) and to experimental farms was made.
The PhD course on Greenhouse gases (GHG) at the Skogaryd Research Catchment was finished by an excursion to the ICOS site Hyltemossa in Scania. During the intensive one-week course 14 enthusiastic PhD (and MSc) students learned how to measure GHG emissions. Now they traveled back to their home universities to apply the learned to their research projects.
PhD students learning about different methodologies to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Research Engineer Per Weslien demonstrates a laser instrument for measuring nitrous oxide; Dr. Mari Pihlatie demonstrates that even trees emit GHGs; visiting the Micro-meteorological equipment at Mycklemossen; Prof. Janne Rinne uses the Automated SkyLine2D system to measure 13C isotope in methane.
This week we are having the PhD course ”Greenhouse gases – biogeochemistry and measurement techniques in ecosystems and landscapes” at the SITES infrastructure Skogaryd Research Catchment, organized bu the Biogeochemistry Group. PhD students from Sweden and abroad learn about eddy covariance, chamber techniques, stable isotopes and much more.
Computer exercise at ”Hemmet”, hands-on experience with eddy covariance data and footprint modelling.
The course is part of the ClimBEco Graduate School.
Now the Physical Geography part of the method course (GVN400) has started with excursion and field work in Skogaryd (http://gvc.gu.se/english/research/skogaryd). We measured tree size (diameter and height), took soil samples and tree cores. We will investigate how much Carbon the forest stores in living biomass and soils, as well as how climate affect tree growth over time.
Recent research expedition to the Central Congo Basin, near Kisangani (DR Congo), together with a PhD student and two MSc students from Ghent University (Belgium). We are interested in how much carbon tropical forests in the Congo basin store and in the soil nutrient cycling, which is important for forest productivity.
Planing the experiment in a local bar; our hut at the Yoko Research Forest; teaching the local kids how to play frisbee; group photo with our local helpers, without the research would not be possible to conduct; weather station at Yangambi (run by INERA), the longest climate data in Central Africa; enjoying the sunset over the Congo river during dinner ob the terrace at Yangambi