Congo Basin Forest Biogeochemistry Observatory (COBBOF): Relieving pressure on social-ecological systems in the Congo basin

01 January 2021 → 31 December 2027
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Biogeochemistry
    • Climate change
    • Aquatic chemistry
    • Natural resource management
    • Carbon sequestration science
Congo basin tropical forest global change ecosystem services
Project description

This effort consolidates a unique socio-ecological research infrastructure for answering pressing questions in a rapidly changing environment in the Congo basin. We investigate 1) greenhouse gas balance of intact tropical forest, 2) recovery and deviations of ecosystem functions in regrowth forest and forested vs. human-impacted ecosystems, respectively, and 3) impact of zonation agreements and agricultural intensification in rural complexes on forest cover loss.