Project

COBECORE-2: Upgrading of archived eco-climatic data from the Kong basin

Acronym
COBECORE-2
Duration
01 April 2018 → Ongoing
Funding
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • African history
    • Modern and contemporary history
  • Natural sciences
    • Climatology
    • Meteorology
    • Terrestrial ecology
    • Plant ecology
    • Plant morphology, anatomy and physiology
    • Ecosystem services
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Landscape ecology
    • Natural resource management
Keywords
meteorology historical data leaf anatomy tropical forests ecology aerial photography Congo Basin
 
Project description

In this four year project COBECORE will develop a multi-faceted database, by making the static analog archives of the Institut National pour l’Etude Agronomique du Congo belge (INEAC) digitally accessible in addition to extracting eco-physiological relevant plant traits from historical herbarium specimens. As such, the project will complement previously transcribed insular climate records (e.g. at Yangambi and Luki) with data gathered throughout the basin and provide additional ecologically relevant (inventory) data. In order to speed up data processing, and provide public outreach, we will crowd-source transcription of the eco-climatological data and some of the recovered plant traits.