RU-TUS University of Tuscia – Department of Innovation of biological systems, food and forestry

    RU-TUS will take part to WP1, WP2 and WP4. Inside WP1 it will support RU-ROMA in monitoring campaigns which will include measurement of ecophysiological parameters of plants exposed to urban pollutants using portable instrumentation. In WP2 it will take care of all the ecophysiological measurements that will be made in a surburban selected forest site. A long-term monitoring activity will be initiated in order to acquire a time series of data to quantify environmental effects on water balance of vegetation, and its ability to subtract C from the atmosphere. The goal will be also to quantify the damaging effect of high concentrations of pollutants (O3, particulate matter) on the ecophysiology of plants and emission of VOC. Plant damage will be also investigated with anatomical observations. The measurement stations will both be near tall towers already in place which will be equipped with sensors for measuring microclimatic parameters. These meteorological parameters will be necessary for the computation of fluxes using micrometeorological techniques. Special sensors and ultrafast measurement of the vertical wind velocity recorded using a three-dimensional sonic anemometer will allow to calculate fluxes of gases described ‘eddy covariance’ technique. This technique allows to estimate fluxes from the covariance between the instantaneous concentration of a gas and the vertical component of wind speeds. Availability of data concerning evatranspiration fluxes will allow the evaluation of stomatal conductance, and this, together with O3 data will allow the calculation of stomatal flux. This activity will be performed in cooperation with CRA-DAF and will be based on the ‘Big Leaf Model’ concept. The modelling activity (WP4) is based on the study, the validation and parameterization of the model UFORE, developed in the United States, which will be applied to Mediterranean urban forests, like that of Rome, thanks to the cooperation of USDA. UFORE can estimate the structure, benefits and value of the urban forest but is also able to predict future scenarios of climate changes and the effects on the urban vegetation. The model will estimate the ecophysiological parameters of urban forests, including all the trees in the urban and peri-urban parks, rows of street trees and private gardens. In addition to the functional features, the model will be able to calculate parameters of pollutant removal from vegetation.

    Project team

    Dott. Elena Kuzminsky, Dott. Carmine Angelaccio, Prof. Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza, Dott. Silvano Fares.


    Dott. Elena Kuzminsky

    Department of Innovation of biological systems, food and forestry, University of Tuscia

    Via San Camillo del Lellis, s.n.c. 01100 Viterbo (VT) Italy

    Phone +39 0761.357249


    e-mail elkuz@unitus.it




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