The main research topics of the lab are the analysis of bi-directional exchanges of greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds between the biosphere and atmosphere and the influence of biotic and abiotic stress factors on ecophysiology of plants.
The lab is actively working on the following activities:
- Application of micrometeorological techniques (eddy covariance and gradient measurement) to investigate fluxes of CO2, H2O, CH4, O3, NOx, PM and VOC at ecosystem level. The main research facility is located inside a Mediterranean Holm Oak in the Presidential Estate of Castelporziano, Rome.
- Modeling plant-atmosphere interactions in response to climate change and pollution using a multi-layer approach and process-based algorithms. A main goal is to develop a tool for green urban management (urban forests, parks, tree rows) that can estimate the amount of pollutants (ozone, nitrogen oxides, PM) sequestrated by urban trees and calculate their overall ecosystem services.
- Remote sensing for automated land use mapping. In this line of research a software prototype (forest01) has been developed for the automatic delineation of forest masks using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data.
- Use of drones for proximal assessment of vegetation indexes in response to environmental stress.