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Summer School on Ecophysiological Field Techniques in Climate Change and Pollution Research

COST Action FP0903 (MAFor)  organized a new 1-week Summer School on “Ecophysiological Field Techniques in Climate Change and Pollution Research”. The School was held from Saturday September 28, throughout Friday October 4, 2013, at the University of La Laguna; Dept. Plant Biology, Tenerife, Spain. The training program was organized by Gerhard Wieser and Rainer Matyssek in cooperation with the local hosts Águeda María González Rodríguez, Patricia Brito and Roberto Lorenzo, and the Action Chair Elena Paoletti.

The aim of this training course was to provide young researchers with theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to become actively enrolled into the activities of MAFor, striving to augment understanding of state and potential of forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a polluted environment, and to reconcile process-oriented research, as well as long-term monitoring.

Grants for travel and subsistence (from September 28, throughout October 4, 2013 only!) was provided according to the COST rules (see Vademecum Grant System) up to a threshold of 900 EUR.

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Topics

  1. Assessing water potential, and leaf-level gas exchange
  2. Water balance of adult forest trees, and up-scaling to the stand-level
  3. Assessing soil CO2 efflux
  4. Chlorophyll fluorescence and photo protection
  5. Highlighting drought effects on tree ecophysiology
  6. Theoretical backgrounds about the usage of eddy covariance techniques in Climate Change and Pollution Research.

Trainers

- Didier LeThiec, INRA UMR EEF, Champenoux, France (gas exchange)
- Rainer Matyssek, Ecophysiology of Plants, TU Munich, Freising, Germany (general introduction)
- Thorsten Grams, TUM Freising, Germany (chlorophyll fluorescence)
- Jan Cermak, Forest Ecology, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic (sap flow)
- Silvano Fares, CRA RPS, Rome, Italy (eddy covariance)
- Jose Ignacio Garcia-Plazaola, UPV, Spain (photoprotection)
- Gerhard Wieser, Alpine Timberline Ecophysiology, BFW, Innsbruck, Austria (scientific supervisor, soil CO2 efflux and water potential)
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Scientific programme

Saturday 28th September 2013

Arrival
18.00 Welcome.
19.00 Introduction lecture: Tenerife The paradise of Ecophysiological studies.

Sunday 29th September 2013

09.00 - 19.00: Organised excursion around the island combining sightseeing and botany highlighting drought effects on tree ecophysiology (Pine forest - El Teide National Park - Laurel forest)
20.00: Dinner.

Monday 30th September 2013

8.30 - 9.30: Introduction to Infra-red gas exchange analysis. Leaf-level.
9.30 - 10.30: Assessing soil CO2 efflux
10.30 – 11.00: Break
11.00 - 12.00: Introduction to chlorophyll fluorescence.
12.00 - 13.00: Photoprotection
13.00 - 15.00: Lunch break.
15.00 - 19.00: Practical session in the hotel's garden
19:00 - 20.00: Dinner at hotel.
20:00 - 21.00: Research discussion session involving trainers and trainees.

Tuesday 1st October 2013

08.30 - 9:30: Introduction to using Isotopes. Gas exchange and Isotopes
9.30 - 10.30: Assessing water potential
10.30 – 11.00: Refreshment break.
11.00 – 13.00: Introduction in sap flow measurements and upscaling from trees to a stand level water balance
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch break.
15.00 - 17.30: Practical session in the hotel's garden
17.30 - 19.00: Group session for designing and planning a field experiment that will be conduct the next day.
19:00 - 20.00: Dinner at hotel.
20:00 - 21.00: Research discussion session involving trainers and trainees.

Wednesday 2nd October

08.00 – 19.00 Research experiments in a laurel forest (Anaga Mountains).

Thursday 3th October 2013

09.00- 13.00 Data analysis and evaluation
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch break.
15.00 – 18.00 Presentations of results from group experiments and final discussion.
18.00- 19.00 Lecture on theoretical backgrounds about the usage of eddy covariance techniques

Friday 4th October 2013

Departure

Application

Applicants were selected on a geographical and first-serve basis, i.e. the first students from different countries to submit their application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including CV and motivation letter were selected until a maximum of 25 trainees. The call was closed when the mx number of trainees is reached. By mid June 2013, applicants received an email to confirm that their application was accepted. With respect to accommodation (see below), early booking for the hotel was mandatory and includes the payment of 100 € before July 15th, 2013 (final deadline) and selected applicants had to send a copy of the bank transfer to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Accomodation

Accommodation was provided in Hotel Sol Parque San Antonio; in Puerto de la Cruz:
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Each participant had to make his/her reservation directly with the hotel mentioning that "he/she will attend the event "Summer school COST FP0903 Tenerife 2013".
Details concerning bank transfer for mandatory booking were provided to selected applicants and trainers by June 2013.

News

The report of Summer School in Tenerife is now available here

 

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