Transnational Accesses

TA Feedback - Alt-For

Project Title: Carbon neutral organisations - a way to bring sustainability in research and education

Applicant: Institute of Botany, Greifswald University, Germany

Visit date: 27 May - 7 June 2013

Feedback: The TA programme provided me with a platform to strengthen my research on forest carbon modelling. It was a very fruitful experience. Being an amateur researcher doing forest carbon modelling for the first time, the knowledge on EFISCEN and CO2fix helped me a lot to understand both the pros and cons that need to be considered critically while interpreting my results.

I admire and appreciate the support provided. Through this programme I could establish new networks and links with experts which will be an important milestone in future research work.

Project Title: Carbon sequestration of plantation in Uruguay

Applicant: Department of Forest Economics, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, Finland

Visit date: 4-8 November 2013

Feedback: I was able to make the results of my thesis - I could not have done this alone or without support. I also got more information and content for my study. Alterra was a really good place to work and there were many professionals. All support and assistance exceeded expectations.

I would like to express my great gratitude to Mart Jan Schelhaas who has supported and guided me greatly during practical training and this study. My thanks go also to the University of Wageningen, the research institute Alterra and Trees4Future for making this interesting work possible.

Project Title: Enhancing carbon sequestration in managed forests, ENCAM

Applicant: Laboratory of Global Ecology, Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Universitá degli Studi di Iserna, Italy

Visit date: 4-17 March 2014, 24 March-17 April 2014

Feedback: During my TA visit I used the CO2FIX model to simulate the Carbon sequestration potentials of the main forest categories in Italy. Main achievements:

  • a deeper understanding of the model functioning, including the C allocation in biomass compartments, biomass growth, turnover, and mortality;
  • simulating the developments of forest stands over the time with regards to several management scenarios;
  • characterizing several forest categories in Italy for their contribution to climate change mitigation;
  • defining and structuring forest management alternatives (in terms of harvest intensity and frequency) for several case studies in mountain environments in Italy.

T4F framework is an interesting opportunity that allows young researchers and scientists to move around Europe by using several facilities offered by other universities and research bodies. The application procedure is easy and not-time-demanding.