Global Urban Soil Ecological Education Network (GLUSEEN)

  • Setälä, Heikki (Deltagare)
  • Kotze, Johan (Deltagare)
  • Szlavecz, Katalin (Projektledare)
  • Pouyat, Richar (Deltagare)
  • Hornung, Elizabet (Deltagare)
  • Yesilonis, Ian (Deltagare)
  • Yarwood, Stephanie (Deltagare)
  • Cilliers, Sarel (Deltagare)


Beskrivning (abstrakt)

In an effort to both engage citizen scientists and to study urban soil ecological systems, we have recently initiated a study as part of a Global Urban Soil Ecological Education Network (GLUSEEN), which when fully implemented will be a worldwide multi-city comparison investigating the effects of urban environmental changes on decomposition and soil community structure. GLUSEEN builds upon a worldwide set of decomposition experiments in which the substrate (litter) is kept constant in several habitat types associated with urban and urbanizing landscapes, similar to a global soil biodiversity experiment described in Wall et al. (2008). Moreover, at each location a native habitat type serves as a “reference” for the urban habitats. Experiments varies in their complexity and cost from very simple comparisons of a standard substrate and its weight loss over time to the chemical changes of the substrate as it decays, to the inclusion of measurements of the environmental and soil organism composition.
Gällande start-/slutdatum01/01/201301/06/2014