Forestry, Agriculture and Technologies of Renewable Energy Generation and the Effects of Climate Change
Summary of TAMOP 422 project themes
Subprogram 1. Effect of climate change on ecological conditions and diversity of forest ecosystems (Climate interactions with forest vegetation, effects on hydrology, on carbon cycling in soils, on plant, insect, amphibian, bird and large vertebrate species diversity)
Subprogram 2. Expected production of forests, forest strategy and technology in view of climate change (genetics of adaptation, climate change and stress, limits to tolerance; expected growth and carbon balance; economic consequences, review of forest strategy and national forest program; effects on land and landscape use)
Subprogram 3. Timber manufacturing technologies (assessment of carbon stock stored in durable wood products; carbon efficiency of wood technologies, wood property changes triggered by climate change)
Subprogram 4. Renewable energy resources of biotic origin (bio-fuels, diesel oils from plants and algae, their natural decomposition, analysis of energy scenarios, energy efficiency of agricultural technologies, technics of forest biomass production)
Subprogram 5. Regional abiotic energy potential and changes in the natural and social background (erosion and deposition processes in changed environments, potential of groundwater heat, wind and sun radiation energy in West Hungary; consequences for urbanisation, energy use, and social challenges)
The national project on climate change „TAMOP 4.2.2.”is thematically coordinated by Prof. Csaba Matyas, at the West Hungarian University, with a number of cooperationg national institutions. The budget of approx. 2 million euros is partly funded by the European Union and an international presentation of the ongoing work is a requested precondition.
Prof. C. Matyas proposes to combine one (or two) days of the COST meeting in Sopron, Hungary with the planned presentation meeting of the “TAMOP 4.2.2″ project which is planned for October as well. The audience will be stakeholders, scientists and forestry and agricultural professionals. It would provide an opportunity to get to know the local situation and initiatives in a country which is seriously threatened by climatic extremes. At the same time, some aspects of the COST work might be presented to a wider audience. At present there is no fixed program for the meeting yet and it can be adjusted according to proposals from COST. The joint meeting can be supported from funds in the TAMOP budget.