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Soils store carbon – or do they? The effect of climate change on soil carbon

Dr Sabine Reinsch gives an overview of a new paper in Biogeochemistry detailing a soil carbon study at a long-term experimental site in Denmark...

The global soil carbon stock is estimated to be 2000 gigatonnes of carbon. Every year, ~95 gigatonnes of carbon is released to the atmosphere. The amount of carbon that is stored in the soil is the difference between the carbon that goes into the soil and the carbon that is released from the soil. In a world of climate change the behaviour of soils to store or lose carbon might change.

Dipterocarp domination: a special issue for Plant Ecology & Diversity

Dr Lindsay Banin, a scientist based at our Edinburgh site, has a particular interest in forest function. Here she talks about her recent experience as a guest editor for a newly published special issue of Plant Ecology & Diversity journal looking at the ecology of the Asian Dipterocarps...

Providing practical support for catchment management

Professor Bridget Emmett from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is the project lead for the Catchment Management Modelling Platform (CaMMP) which was launched on 9 March 2017 at an event hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London. Through a web-based platform the CaMMP project aims to improve access to and integration between data and models that help address key questions in catchment management for water quality and wider ecosystem services.

Chemical pollution in China: which metal poses the greatest risk to the Bohai region’s freshwater ecosystem?

Professor Andrew Johnson and Dr Monika Jürgens, Environmental Scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, contributed to a recent study looking at which metal presents the greatest risk to the freshwater ecosystem in the Bohai region of China. They explain more:

Thanks to support from the Natural Environment Research Council Newton Fund, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has been collaborating with the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, in Beijing, China since the beginning of 2016 on the topic of chemical pollution in China. 

Exploring the gap between climate change science and user needs in Senegal

The CEH-led AMMA 2050 project is part of the £20 million Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme – to develop better climate information for Africa – a joint initiative of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Nest-boxes are no substitute for the crucial role that tree cavities play in maintaining biodiversity

Dr Richard Broughton is an Ecologist and GIS Specialist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. He explains how new research he contributed to reveals the benefits tree cavities provide to birds and other animals compared to manmade nest-boxes:

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