GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Education and Training

 
  Share

Khalifa University of Science and Technology Researchers Establish First Eddy 
Flux Tower in the Region to Provide Scientists with Key Insights into the Potential for Carbon Storage of Salt-Tolerant  Plants

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 04 December, 2017–  The Khalifa University of Science and Technology has announced that its state-of-the-art Masdar Institute Environmental Monitoring Platform recently deployed at the Abu Dhabi Mangrove National Park has become the first eddy covariance station in the Arabian Peninsula to join the FLUXNET network. Eddy covariance provides an accurate way to measure fluctuations of energy over a variety of ecosystems, including agricultural landscapes and water surfaces.
 

FLUXNET was established in 1997 with the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is a global network of over 900 active and historic micrometeorological stations that measure the net exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and energy between the biosphere -- the layer of the Earth where life exists -- and the atmosphere -- the thin layer of gases surrounding Earth -- with the aim of improving understanding of the global carbon cycle, climate change and future climate scenarios.
 
Dr. Annalisa Molini, a faculty member from the Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering Department, is leading the team of researchers overseeing the eddy covariance monitoring campaign at the Mangrove National Park. To date, seven months of data has been collected through the Masdar Institute Environmental Monitoring Platform (MIEMP), which is aimed at strengthening the environmental monitoring capability of the region. 

“The main objective of the project is to improve our understanding of how hyper-arid regions contribute to the global carbon cycle, and to shed some light on how drought- and salt-resilient plants like mangroves can either store or exchange carbon with the atmosphere,” Dr. Molini explained.
 
“The feedback of natural ecosystems on atmospheric CO2 concentrations is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in future climate projections and at present, the eddy covariance method represents the most conclusive method for a direct ‘measure' of how much CO2 and water ecosystems are able to ‘store' and exchange with the atmosphere,” Dr. Molini added.

To measure how ecosystems exchange carbon and water with the atmosphere, FLUXNET stations rely on state-of-the-art micrometeorological tools and a standard method, called the eddy covariance method. Special instruments called sonic anemometers, which measure the horizontal and vertical components of wind, and infrared gas analyzers, which measure CO2 and water vapor concentrations in the air, work in-sync, taking 10 measurements per second.
 
“Eddy covariance measurements have been made routinely at FLUXNET sites around the world for nearly 20 years. Eddy-flux stations have been deployed in the most diverse environments, including the Arctic Tundra of Alaska, the Southern Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the South African Savannah. However, until now, in hyper-arid regions there were no FLUXNET sites to enable scientists to understand the contribution of local ecosystems to the global carbon cycle, and its impacts on our future climate,” Dr. Molini explained.
 
“We know that mangrove forests are extremely ‘good' at storing carbon,” said PhD student Saverio Perri, who designed and coordinated the eddy covariance tower deployment at the Abu Dhabi Mangrove National Park. 

“However, there is still very little known about the physical and physiological processes behind mangrove productivity – especially in hyper-arid environments. The data we are now collecting at the Abu Dhabi Mangroves eddy covariance tower will not only help climate scientists better understand the role of hyper-arid regions in the global carbon cycle, but they will also help scientists shed light on how salt-tolerant species function under severe salt-stress and high temperatures – a key topic in biosaline agriculture and in soil salinization mitigation,” he explained.
 
The Abu Dhabi Mangrove National Park eddy covariance station has been deployed with the support of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 12084 times
Posted on : Monday, December 4, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Skyline Conducted Women of Substance: A Panel Discussion on Women Empowerment
Next Story : British Orchard Nursery wins the BIZZ Award for the 2nd year in a row
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Timeless Ties
COLAB - Dry Shampoo
ORANGE & BERGAMOT Awaken the Cult Icon New Additions
FOREO delivers the ultimate festival survival kit for a glow-on-the-go.
Samsung launches Exciting Smartphone Trade-In Program with Galaxy S9 or S9+
Enhance skin radiance, smoothness and brightness in just 14 days, with the new J...
Summertime Beauty Picks at Glambeaute.com
The Perfect Gift Mark
New XE 300 Sport Edition Wins Gripping Ice Race
Get Vibrant and lively hair with Rahua's new Color Full Range
Dubai Sports Council Pavilion a big hit at Bangkok SportAccord
Dubai-based Al Kasir Group launches three Crypto assets backed by diamonds
Filorga Mesotherapist Derma Roller
du to Offer New 9.7-inch iPad With Apple Pencil Support
A Royal Ramadan Experience by Master Chef Mama in Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
Skyline University College Economics Day 2018: One Step towards Tomorrow
New Blow Out Bar and Make-Up Studio SWISH by Immaclife Opens in Abu Dhabi in Apr...
Penny Scallan Design Launches in the Middle East
Rolling Cones, a new luxury ice cream concept, launches at the Hyatt Regency Dub...
MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018
The new BMW M2 Competition
Mumzworld Announce Recruitment Drive To Empower Women in the Middle East
Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company Launches Two 64-Meter Landing Ships for the Kuwa...
Pandora Shine Discover A New Way to Shine
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Leads Sharjah Contingent to Kuwait Arab Media Forum
Toshiba Releases New, Powerful Surveillance and Video Streaming Internal Consume...
Genesis G70 Luxury Sedan Arrives in Middle East
Stylish Nursing wear at Mums and Bumps
Exclusive, Limited‐Edition, Swiss‐Made Cryptocurrency Watches
10 Kg gold for 100 winners at Malabar Gold & Diamonds
Olivia Burton Marble Florals - Embrace these styles for a new artistic way to wo...
Gifts for Ramadan at Hour Choice
Understanding what women want Balmain reveals the Madrigal Mini II
Airport Show Attracts Influential Aviation Leaders for Global Airport Leaders Fo...
Adamavi - Elegant, Timeles S, and Reliable
Pandora Spring Embrace Nature's Beauty
Mido Ramadan Watch Collection
April Marks Autism Awareness Month at Nursery Chain
Tommy Fleetwood joins OMEGA's line-up of golfing greats
Ashridge to help Saudi leaders explore and implement strategies for growth
In Its 100th Year, Panasonic Bullish On ME Growth
Village Street Sale at The Outlet Village offers designer outfits at great prices
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Ruler Delivers Keynote Opening Speech to 14th Arabian Hotel...
Get ready for an exciting Ramadan at Danat Al Ain Resort
The Beautiful Britain 2018
Tamouh unveils unique art piece dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed at Cityscape ...
Mido Multifort Datometer Limited Edition - A piece of history on your wrist
'Global Automotive Aftermarket Manufacturers Gear Up for Robust Business Growth ...
du LaLiga HPC U16 Crowned UAE FA Academy League Champions and City FC Win U14 ...
Mint Middle East to Collaborate with Interac in UAE