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Seminar on Plants & CH4 exchange
From Thursday, 3. May 2018 -  09:00am
To Thursday, 10. May 2018 - 12:30pm

Welcome to a seminar on Plants & CH4 exchange - an ERC-project kick-off. 

Atmospheric concentration of the strong greenhouse gas methane (CH4) is rising with an increased annual growth rate. Biosphere has an important role in the global CH4 budget, but high uncertainties remain in the strength of its different sink and source components. Among the natural sources, the contribution of vegetation to the global CH4 budget is the least well understood. Role of trees to the CH4 budget of forest ecosystems has long been overlooked due to the perception that trees do not play a role in the CH4 dynamics.

The main aim of MEMETRE project (headed by assoc. prof. Mari Pihlatie), is to raise the process-based understanding of CH4 exchange in boreal and temperate forests to the level where we can construct a sound process model for the soil-tree-atmosphere CH4 exchange.

This seminar will focus on CH4 exchange and the role of plants, bringing the leading scientists of the topic to present their latest findings.

Please register for the seminar by completing the short
registration form to ensure your cup of coffee! The seminar is supported by the DPPS and DENVI doctoral programmes.

Doctoral candidates, master's students and undergraduate students can earn 1 ECTS credits for full attendance during the seminar, reading the pre-requisite literature and completing a written learning diary after the symposium. Those wishing to gain credits should register in
Oodi using the course code DPPS-302. More information can be found from the MyStudies pages once you have registered.

3rd May 2018, Viikki Campus, Biocenter 2, lecture hall 2041

09:00-09:30 Mari Pihlatie: Welcome and a short introduction: From processes to modelling of methane emissions from trees (MEMETRE)

09:30-10:00 Frank Keppler: Methanogenesis 2018 – An update

10:00-10:30 Katharina Lenhart: Terrestrial Vegetation as a Source of N2O to the Atmosphere

10:30-10:50 Coffee & tea

10:50-11:10 Raisa Mäkipää: Linkages between decomposing fungal community, asymbiotic nitrogen (N2) fixation and methane (CH4) in dead wood

11:10-11:40 Sunitha Pangala: The role of wetland-adapted trees in mediating methane emissions forested wetlands

11:40-12:10 Vincent Gauci: Upland forest methane dynamics spanning broad latitudinal gradients

12:10-12:30 Tuula Aalto: Modelling the global methane budget



Assoc. Prof. Mari Pihlatie, Environmental Soil Science, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Frank Keppler, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Katharina Lenhart, Technische Hochschule Bingen – University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Research Professor Raisa Mäkipää, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow Sunitha Pangala, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Prof. Vincent Gauci, School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, The Open University, United Kingdom

Senior Research Scientist Tuula Aalto, Climate system research, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

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