UK research centre to host European forestry climate hub

A UK research centre is set to become the European hub for an ambitious global research programme into the impacts of climate change on forests, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) has announced.

In a press release, the CEH said its Wytham Woods centre, near Oxford in south-east England, will base environment charity Earthwatch’s Europe Regional Climate Centre.

Earthwatch, an environmental charity, has announced the opening of its Europe Regional Climate Centre as part of the HSBC Climate Partnership.

The centre, funded by the Hong Kong-based bank HSBC’s Cimate Partnership, will undertake a five-year climate change and forestry research programme.

The scheme is a partnership between Earthwatch, CEH and two local partner groups: Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and its Wildlife and Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).

The centre’s researchers will examine numerous aspects of forest ecology; from the flow of carbon within woodlands, to the response of small mammals and insects to changes in weather patterns.

Over the five years, the team is expected to complete 40,000 hours of fieldwork, which CEH says is equivalent to 21 years work for a single scientist.

The new centre is one of five throughout the world. The others are located in Brazil, India, China and North America.

Source: CEH press release

Date: 18/08/2008

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