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Development of a vegetation growth model adapted to urban areas

Grant number: 18/12428-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): October 21, 2018
Effective date (End): April 13, 2019
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Agricultural Meteorology
Principal Investigator:Vandoir Bourscheidt
Grantee:Elton Vicente Escobar Silva
Supervisor: Craig Stephen Daughtry
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:17/24038-8 - A new approach to vegetation growth modelling in urban areas using geographical Information systems, BP.MS


The study of vegetation growth and the variables involved in this process have motivated research in the fields of agriculture, forestry and environmental sciences, with the development of different models. Vegetation growth models run simulations to predict the developing, growth and yield of agricultural plantations. However, there are few examples of such models considering urban areas, where vegetation growth is influenced by different situations and goes through a regular cutting process. In this context, the purpose of this work is to implement a vegetation growth model adapted to urban areas based on models already developed. The parameters that will be initially considered to develop the model are: solar radiation, leaf area index, vapor pressure deficit, air temperature, water availability and atmospheric CO2 concentration, extracted from the growth models used within WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) - a computer program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). The data simulated by the developed model will be evaluated using data collected in loco and from satellite images, which will be used to evaluate the variations of the indexes on large scale. (AU)

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ESCOBAR-SILVA, ELTON VICENTE; BOURSCHEIDT, VANDOIR; DAUGHTRY, CRAIG S. T.; KINIRY, JIM R.; BACKES, ANDRE R.; CHAVES, MICHEL E. D.. A general grass growth model for urban green spaces management in tropical regions: A case study with bahiagrass in southeastern Brazil. URBAN FORESTRY & URBAN GREENING, v. 73, p. 12-pg., . (21/07382-2, 18/12428-9, 17/24038-8)

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