Cycle 2 (2012 Deadline)
Ecosystem carbon analytical laboratory
PI: Salomao Bandeira (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)
U.S. Partner: Ilka C. Feller (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
Project Dates: August 2013 to July 2015
|A student at the soil lab at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane operates a grinder(Photo courtesy Dr. Bandeira).|
The proposal aims to develop an Ecosystem Carbon Analytical Laboratory (ECAL) at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. The lab would allow for quantitative analyses of carbon content of vegetation, soil, and sediment, supporting therefore a range of complex issues associated with climate change, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and bioenergy. The ECAL is expected to enhance institutional capacity and provide also a facility for education and training, as well as enhance opportunities for collaboration. It is the intent that the ECAL will provide the foundation for subsequent work to assess fluxes of carbon in upland and wetland ecosystems in Mozambique and other east-African countries.
The laboratory is expected to contribute to the development of pilot Mangrove REDD+ projects in Mozambique, an initiative that would simultaneously address climate change mitigation and mangrove conservation. It will also be of use for other blue and green carbon-related initiatives, developed by various research institutions in the country and in the region (southern Africa and the western Indian Ocean). With the aid of this enhanced infrastructure, Mozambique will be able to produce more competitive research results on carbon issues at the regional level and beyond.
Summary of Recent Activities
The CHNSO Flash Automatic Analyzer was finally installed at the UEM Department of Biological Sciences during the last week of February 2015. Technicians from the equipment vendor also provided training for the team during this time. In April 2015, Dr. Carl Trettin from the United States Forest Service provided additional technical training on the machine.
In the coming months, the team hopes to identify an appropriate short training course on sample handling and lab design for carbon using a CHNSO Flash Automatic Analyzer so they can send two lab technicians and potentially one researcher for more training. The team will also begin conducting formal analyses of samples from the university and, on request, for outside entities. An exchange with the Smithsonian Institution is planned for further discussions on equipment and research utilizing CHNSO Flash. The team will also produce a Portuguese-language user manual.
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