A capital biodiversity spot has become the first in the Arabian Peninsula to join a landmark global climate change study as the result of a local university project.
Masdar Institute’s eddy covariance study, installed in Abu Dhabi’s Mangroves National Park, recently joined forces with NASA’s FLUXNET system, a network that measures meteorological changes all over the globe to inform on the future of climate change.
Eddy covariance is a technique that measures fluctuations in energy such as heat, water and carbon dioxide between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere in ecosystems including agricultural landscapes and water.
“There is still very little known about the physical and physiological processes behind mangrove productivity – especially in hyper-arid environments,” explained PhD student Saverio Perri, who designed and coordinated the project.
“The data we are now collecting at the Abu Dhabi mangroves will not only help climate scientists better understand the role of hyper-arid regions in the global carbon cycle, but will also help scientists shed light on how salt-tolerant species function under severe salt-stress and high temperatures.”