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URBANCO2FLUX

Quantifying the impact of the urban biosphere on the net flux of CO2 from cities into the atmosphere.

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Project "URBANCO2FLUX" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA 

Organization address
address: CALLE CAMPUS UNIVERSITARIO SN CERDANYOLA V
city: CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES
postcode: 8290
website: http://www.uab.es

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website http://urban.sostenipra.cat
 Total cost 257˙191 €
 EC max contribution 257˙191 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-07   to  2018-09-06

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA ES (CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES) coordinator 257˙191.00
2    THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA US (OAKLAND CA) partner 0.00

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 Project objective

Due to the offsetting effect of the urban biosphere resulting from the photosynthetic uptake of CO2 by plants that are often well watered and fertilized, the precise impact of urban emissions on the global burden of GHGs is challenging to quantify. Green-space initiatives that increase the vegetative coverage of the landscape, and therefore the productivity of the urban ecosystem for sequestration of CO2 are often proposed as GHG reducing strategies, despite there being very little quantitative evidence for the effectiveness or efficiency of such strategies. Uncertainty in the time scales for respiration of carbon previously taken up through photosynthesis obscures the picture even further. Meanwhile, as the modern urban landscape is continually evolving, with green spaces and parks becoming a more integral component and with suburbs expanding outward from city centers into previously rural, agricultural, and natural areas, it is apparent that we lack the scientific understanding of how best to implement planning strategies that minimize the impact of such changes on climate. I have expertise in urban metabolism and quantifying carbon footprint at city level, however I lack the scientific knowledge required to understand and quantify the impact of the (urban) biosphere on the net flux of CO2 from cities into the atmosphere. UC Merced, presently leading a 4-yr NSF project in atmospheric modeling of COS to understand carbon cycle processes in urban ecosystems, provides the ideal training ground for me to gain the skills necessary to reach excellence in this multi-disciplinary effort to making our cities more sustainable. The project aims to answer the following questions: • What is the global impact of urban/suburban ecosystems on atmospheric CO2? • How will future shifts in land-use types and management practices in densely populated areas influence surface atmosphere fluxes of CO2?

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Susana Toboso-Chavero, Ana Nadal, Anna Petit-Boix, Oriol Pons, Gara Villalba, Xavier Gabarrell, Alejandro Josa, Joan Rieradevall
Towards Productive Cities: Environmental Assessment of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus of the Urban Roof Mosaic
published pages: , ISSN: 1088-1980, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12829
Journal of Industrial Ecology 2019-07-23

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