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CarBioCial: Carbon sequestration, biodiversity and social structures in Southern Amazonia

Project period: 07/2011 - 09/2016

The Carbiocial project, in close cooperation with its Brazilian partner project Carbioma investigates viable carbon-optimized land management strategies maintaining ecosystem services under changing climate conditions in the Southern Amazon. These are expected to support the goals set by Brazilian National plans (e.g. ABC-program) and international treaties such as REDD and the Kyoto protocol.

This research project connects 12 working groups from 17 universities and research institutes in Brazil, Germany and Austria. Our working group (SP09) focuses on developing and applying landscape-scale analysis approaches integrating remote sensing and spatial modelling techniques. Overall, our spatiotemporal results support the understanding of drivers of land use change, patterns of deforestation, regrowth and related carbon balances, and croplands and pasture mapping in the Cerrado.  The development of land use scenario, based on different future development trajectories of the region in combination with the knowledge from historic and recent processes of land use changes increases the scientific knowledge on how to mitigate existing and prevent future land use conflicts.


Fig1: Results on deforestation along the highway BR-163. This highway is one of the major deforestation frontiers in the Amazon.


Fig2: Annual CO2 Emissions from deforestation and forest fragmentation along the BR-163 influence area (1985-2012)



Fig 3: Cattle farming in the Brazilian Amazon


Fig 4: Field trip along the BR-163 in August 2012


Fig 5: Field Trip to Novo Progresso, Pará in August 2014


Fig 6: Field Trip along the BR-163 in August 2014. Typical Landscape around Sinop, Mato Grosso

Lab members involved
Project website and video

http://www.carbiocial.de/ (video)

  • Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig
  • Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
  • Leibniz University Hannover
  • Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
  • University of Innsbruck
  • University Hamburg
  • University Kassel
  • University Hohenheim
  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
  • Free University Berlin
  • Embrapa Rice & Beans, Brazil
  • UFMT-Cuiabá, Brazil
  • NAEA-UFPA, Brazil
  • UFMT-Sinop, Brazil

This project is funded by the german federal Ministry of research and Education (BMBF)