Component 1: Ecosystem carbon budget and its driving forces ("Ecosystem")

The flux network and its associated ecosystem studies provide the critical interface between ecosystems and atmospheric processes, and thus provide an integrated number at a spatial scale of about 1 km 2. The specific objectives are as follows:

To observe the fluxes of carbon, water and energy from representative land use/cover types of Europe by eddy covariance (MO2).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 1.1, 1.2):

To partition the net carbon flux of European ecosystems into its constituent parts according to land use types and management, using a spectrum of time scales going from sub-daily to decadal, e.g. by comparing carbon fluxes with stock changes in ecosystem pools (MO4, 5, 6).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6):

To quantify the effects of land management on the net ecosystem carbon exchange (MO5, 6, 8).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 1.4, 1.5, 1.6):

To provide the basic data for evaluation and parameterisation of models for up-scaling of carbon fluxes to the regional and continental scale (MO5, 6).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6):

Cf. objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

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