Project understanding water and carbon dynamics in trees in a changing European climate.

01 October 2019 → 30 July 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant developmental and reproductive biology
climate change CO2 exchange ecology ecophysiology forest monitoring networks plant sensors plant respiration plant-water and carbon relationships sap flow stem diameter changes stem water content tree modelling tree monitoring
Project description is a pioneering tree water and carbon monitoring network, in which high quality measurements of sap flow, stem diameter variation, stem water content and CO2 efflux will be collected in individual beech trees (Fagus sylvatica L.) along north-south trajectories in Europe. The unique dataset will be used to parameterize in real-time a mechanistic tree model to understand differences in growth, respiration and tree hydraulic responses to temperature and drought along trajectories through Europe from underlying water and carbon relationships.