FLUXPYR is a network of infrastructures and multidisciplinary experts from France, Spain and Andorra who contribute to evaluating and managing the impacts of climate and land use changes on Pyrenean ecosystems and their inhabitants. FLUXPYR began in July 2009 and will end in July 2012. It operates through the POCTEFA Program. The Project promotes the installation of micrometeorological and hydrological stations (up to 2000 m.a.s.l.), the launch of aircrafts equipped to take air samples and aerial photos, the analysis and interpretation of satellite images, etc. FLUXPYR enables the production of models and maps of soil cover, soil carbon and water content, snow cover dynamics, etc., and its outcomes help inform climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Moreover, FLUXPYR fosters the exchange of knowledge and experience and staff training, creating public awareness of the causes and consequences of climate change and ways of dealing with it.
FLUXPYR is coordinated by The Forest Science Center of Catalonia and integrates ecosystem, atmospheric and satellite studies. Its work is organized into five complementary multidisciplinary Working Groups (WGs). IC3’s LAO is involved in estimating regional CO2 using aircraft platforms and continuous methods.
European funded project:
To develop a cross-border network of infrastructures (e.g. micro-meteorological stations, aerial platforms) and experts for assessing and managing water, carbon and energy fluxes and stocks in agricultural and pastoral ecosystems in the Pyrenees.
To combine flux measurements, meteorological data, remote sensing techniques and modeling to produce predictive land use, productivity, carbon distribution and snow cover maps, and to assess the impacts of climate and land use change on Pyrenean ecosystems.
To ensure the creation and exchange of data, knowledge and expertise through innovative networking and cooperation techniques, and to facilitate the training of students, technicians and researchers in the fields of ecology and climate change.
To guide policies and local actors in sustainably managing the land and natural resources in the Pyrenees (climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies).
To raise public awareness about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing energy consumption and managing natural resources sustainably.
To strengthen regional, European and international scientific cooperation in the field of climate change.