Webinar: Challenges and risks of the bioenergy sector
Speaker: Dr Werner Kutsch, ICOS
The webinar will introduce the carbon cycle of terrestrial ecosystems (forest, croplands, wetlands) in a general way and will reflect how carbon sinks can be used for bioenergy and climate neutrality. Potentials and limitations as well as side-effects (e.g. on biodiversity) are presented and discussed.
Dr. Werner Kutsch is Director General of the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) since March 2014. He is biologist, plant ecologist and ecosystem scientist by education and has worked on ecosystem carbon cycling for 25 years in Europe and Africa. The focus of his work has been for a long time in the comparison of ecosystems after land use change and integrating complex landscapes.
Dr. Kutsch is experienced in data acquisition, post-processing, data analysis and modeling of ecosystem carbon budgets. He has worked at the Ecosystem Research Centre of University of Kiel, at CSIR in Pretoria, at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and at Thünen, the Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries in Braunschweig.
ICOS is an ESFRI Landmark Research Infrastructure and a legal entity (ERIC) since November 2015. As Director General, Dr. Kutsch is the legal representative and overall coordinator of the Research Infrastructure. This work comprises internal organisation of the operations of the distributed observational networks and central facilities, on optimizing the internal data flow between the different observational programs of ICOS, and their distribution via the data platform of ICOS (‘Carbon Portal’) which will also serve as an interface to COPERNICUS and GEOSS, and on deepening the cooperation with other RIs. ICOS aims to be part of local, European and global integration initiatives that support the usage of in-situ observations for improving the national inventories on greenhouse gases.
The registration has been closed.