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Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) SCIENCE
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 November 2014

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
During the first three months of 2014, Dr. Bandeira and his group worked on acquiring and installing the components needed for the new Ecosystem Carbon Analytical Laboratory. The plumbing for the new lab space was upgraded and a smoke extraction system installed. One of the members of the project team, Amisse Abel, completed his undergraduate thesis work on mangrove soil carbon estimates with samples previous collected in the Zambezi Delta.
The procurement of the CNOSO Elemental Analyzer is expected to be completed in May, with the instrument to be delivered to the lab in July or August. After training on the equipment is completed in the fall, the lab should be fully operational by the end of 2014.
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