BiosphereCarbon Seminar series [December 2019]

BiosphereCarbon Seminar Info
Leen Van Hirtum

10/12/2019 - 17/12/2019, Brussels-Ghent-Tervuren Belgium

Tropical rainforests comprise nearly half of the world’s vegetation carbon. Intact tropical forests represent a carbon sink at a level that is higher than other vegetation types. Tropical forests absorb 20-30 % of the world carbon emissions. The issues of tropical forest stocks, sinks and sources are therefore a central topic in international policy debates on climate changes. UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are living laboratories for research on climate changes.

Over two weeks, the BiosphereCarbon project organizes seven seminars aimed at underpinning carbon focused research in tropical rainforests. These will be given by international experts in their field, with subjects ranging from forensic timber identification to biogeochemistry of tropical montane forests. 

Below you can find a list of the seminars with practical information. If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Leen Van Hirtum .


Dr. Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva on Tropical timber forensics: Comparing and combining timber tracing methods

Dr. Eleanor Dormontt on Forensic timber identification: development and application of scientific methods to support legal timber trade

Tuesday 10 December, 9-12h

Maeterlinck Room 01C006 – FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Place Victor Horta 40, Brussels


Prof. Dr. Martin Worbes on Tropical Dendrochronology

Tuesday 10 December, 16-18h

Auditorium A3, Block A, Campus Coupure – University of Ghent


Dr. Ralf Kiese on Mt. Kilimanjaro: A case study on the biogeochemistry of different natural and agricultural uses of tropical montane ecosystems

Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl on Measuring and upscaling of GHG fluxes from tropical forest systems

Wednesday 11 December, 14-17h

Ground floor, CAPA-building – AfricaMuseum


Dr. Aida Cuní Sanchez on Tree diversity, structure and biomass of 35 tropical montane forests in Africa

Monday 16 December, 14-16h

Ground floor, CAPA-building – AfricaMuseum


Dr. Jesús Aguirre Guttiérrez on Shifts in functional, taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in West African tropical forests across time and climatic gradients

Tuesday 17 December, 10-12h

Meeting Room 1, Welcome Pavilion – AfricaMuseum


Leen Van Hirtum, 4/12/2019

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