GHG Europe

Progress towards Objective 2

Obtain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle and responses of CO2, N2O and CH4 fluxes to the variability in natural and anthropogenic drivers and pressures for European forest, grassland, cropland, peatland and shrubland ecosystems.


The GHG-Europe project served as a network and platform for many synthesis activities. There were intensive efforts and activities via data collection and workshops to harmonise and synthesise site level information on GHG fluxes in peatlands, land use change for bioenergy, the effect of N deposition on carbon and GHG fluxes in forest soils  and post-fire and litter quality impacts on carbon in Mediterranean shrublands.

A comprehensive meta-analysis on land use change effects on soil C has been published. Carbon response functions confirmed the hypothesis of “slow in fast out”.



Examples of response functions of soil organic carbon changes after land use change (Poeplau et al., 2011).

Greenhouse gas flux measurements have been started in undersampled regions of Europe: a peaty catchment in Scotland, Mediterranean shrublands and mixed beech forests under a strong management intensity gradient in Romania.

Greenhouse gas flux measurements and driver data collection is ongoing in 6 data rich regions of Europe. The first budgets of lateral GHG fluxes at farm-gate have been established.

EU contract No. 244122


Project finished in September 2013  [more]

Imer D, Merbold L, Eugster W, Buchmann N (2013)  [more]

Luyssaert, S., G. Abril, et al. (2012)  [more]

Merbold L, Steinlin C, Hagedorn F (2013)   [more]

Mohn J, Steinlin C, Merbold L, Emmenegger L, Hagedorn F (2013)   [more]

Nabuurs G-J, Lindner M, Verkerk PJ, Gunia K, Deda P, Michalak R, Grassi G (2013)  [more]

Scott RL, Serrano-Ortiz P, Domingo F, Hamerlynck EP, Kowalski AS (2012)  [more]

Wolf S, Eugster W, Ammann C, Haeni M, Zielis S, Hiller R, Stieger J, Imer D, Merbold L, Buchmann N (2013)   [more]


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GHG-Europe at a glance

Fundingsource: EU (FP7)
EC-contribution: 6.6 Mio.€
Duration: 2010-2013
Consortium: 41 partners, 15 countries
Coordinator: A. Freibauer (TI)