Adaptation of alpine territories to the
increase of droughts in the context global change
Climate change in the Alps alters beside the temperature the
frequency and the quantity of precipitation. Mountain ecosystems are
adapted to climatic stress, but the question is to what extend these
ecosystems are resistant to augment climatic stress.
The project aims to analyse the adaptive mechanisms of semi-natural
mountain territories in the face of climate change, and in particular
the recurrence of droughts.
Duration and Funding
|april 2010 - april
| LECA, Cemagref
(G. Loucougaray, V. Jung), Parc National des Ecrins
along four axes, our main topic is the adaptation of semi-natural
grasslands within the Reserve naturel de Hauts-Plateaux du Vercors.
|Tunnels were installed
during spring 2010 to simulate a severe drought of several weeks.
Several variables are followed: floristic diversity, functional traits,
above-ground biomass, litter quantity, soil microbial diversity (PLFA),
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