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Amazon PyroCarbon: quantifying soil carbon responses to fire

Grant number: 21/00976-4
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: April 01, 2022 - March 31, 2027
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Convênio/Acordo: NERC, UKRI
Principal Investigator:Plínio Barbosa de Camargo
Grantee:Plínio Barbosa de Camargo
Principal researcher abroad: Ted Ronald Feldpausch
Institution abroad: University of Exeter, Exeter, England
Host Institution: Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Raimundo Cosme de Oliveira Junior
Associated researchers: Chantelle Burton ; cornelis jan van groenigen ; Edgard Siza Tribuzy ; Jean Pierre Henry Balbaud Ometto ; Leonardo Maracahipes dos Santos ; Luiz Antonio Martinelli ; Luiz Eduardo Oliveira e Cruz de Aragão ; Maurício Lamano Ferreira ; Paulo Monteiro Brando ; Simone Matias de Almeida Reis
Associated scholarship(s):23/12807-8 - Training and preparing samples for isotopic analysis and measuring GEE in gas chromatographic., BP.TT


Fires are increasing in Amazonia, transforming C storage. The evaluation of fire effects has traditionally focussed on aboveground C. However, soil organic carbon (SOC) can store half of total tropical forest C 19 and the impact of fire on existing SOC and the fate of new charcoal (pyrogenic C; PyC) is unknown. SOC loss, transformation and gain may have important implications for the C balance of large areas recovering from recent burning or following cycles of slash and burn agriculture, thereby altering the rate of C loss under a warming climate. This project will implement a systematic pan-Amazonian analysis of the response of SOC to recent fire, drought, and climate warming via a robust chronosequence approach, integrated with innovative modelling to inform land management strategies and C budgets. (AU)

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