The main objective of this experiment is
to determine the functional responses of a cultivated, agro-forestry
namely a multiclonal poplar
plantation, to actual and future atmospheric CO2 concentrations.
In detail, the following tasks will be carried
of a trans-European research effort in the field of global
with a forest plantation ecosystem.
existing Free Air CO2 Enrichment facility
and granting access to a wider scientific community.
remote sensing technology to assess water consumption and energy
balance of plantation
forestry systems under present and future climatic conditions.
amount of carbon being sequestered in the biomass and in the
soil of intensive bio-energy
forest plantation in relation to various management
regimes (coppice vs. single stem, fertilisation, species choice)
relative contribution of increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 and
N fertilisation on increased C sequestration in surplus
arable land planted with woody crops.