Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Jrvi, Leena
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Urban green space solutions in carbon neutral cities (CarboCity)
Decision No. 321527
Decision date 22.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 299 676
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Project description
Cities worldwide aim to reduce their carbon emissions to the atmosphere and turn themselves carbon neutral in the forthcoming years. One attractive possibility is to maximize carbon sink to urban green space but there is a lack of research based information on how effective natural urban carbon sinks can act in present and future climates. This knowledge gap is partly due to lack of detailed ecophysiological research in cities and appropriate models that can account for the complex land use and microclimate in urban areas. CarboCity will answer to these needs and provide such a model by studying special characteristics of urban natural sinks and sources and by quantifying the natural carbon flows and storages in cities located at different climates (Helsinki, London, Minneapolis, Beijing and So Paolo). It provides us detailed information on the impact of soil and vegetation on urban carbon cycle and finds optimal planning solutions for maximising carbon sink in the future.