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Managing Africa’s carbon budget : assessing the impact of climate change and deforestation

Martin brandt

Nationality German

Year of selection 2017

Institution University of Copenhagen

Country Netherlands

Risk Environment

Ph.D

2 years

130000 €

Woody vegetation have the capacity to soak up carbon dioxide from the air and play a crucial role in maintaining the global carbon budget. In Africa, the combined impacts of climate change and deforestation on savannahs and rainforests are threatening the continent’s aboveground carbon stock. To improve our understanding of this alarming phenomenon, Dr. Martin Brandt, of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, is using state-of-the-art satellite technologies to closely monitor carbon stock dynamics at the continental scale. His overarching objective is to contribute to a better understanding of climate change risks and to a sustainable management of carbon as a natural resource.