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Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive

Short name
CNRS-CEFE
Web
http://www.cefe.cnrs.fr/

Country
France
Role
The team will propose scenarios of on-going climate changes (WP 2.1.1). Scenarios will be used for evaluating ecosystem vulnerability and susceptibility to fire. Regional water limitation and drought indices will be simulated with a water balance model. Today drought maps will be validated against remotely sensed indices (WP 2.2.2). We will develop a new vegetation model able to both simulate ecosystem function and species replacement. It will be distributed to the consortium and associated with a generic database derivate from a metaanalysis of functional traits of the dominant Mediterranean species (WP 2.3.2). Empirical fire propagation routines will be tested with the model from WP 2.3.2 and validated.
Work packages
Members
Experience
The team worked for year on the dynamic, function and vulnerability of Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs) submitted to climate changes and perturbations such as fires. It was internationally recognized by its expertise on these topics working at scales ranging from leaf to region. Our LTER site of Puéchabon is exemplary for such studies by using concurrently ecosystem physiology, eddy tower, ecosystem manipulations and modeling. The team has a long experience within UE (Medeflu, Carboeuroflux, Carboeurope-IP, Mind, Ecovoc, IMECC initiative, Carboextreme) and French ANR (Drought+) projects. We contributed in the former UE project Lucifer on landscape history and in developing models for fire-prone MTEs.
Brief description of the legal entity
The Centre for Functional and Evolutive Ecology of the CNRS (CEFE CNRS) is one of the largest research European labs in plant and animal ecology and evolution and a class A+ lab for the French research ministry. As a mixed unit (UMR 5175), it involves researchers and staff from seven institutes including the 3 Montpellier universities. The main component from CNRS represents more than 80% of the total permanent staff that is on average 150 persons.

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