Global change impact on vulnerable carbon reservoirs:
carbon sequestration and emissions in soils and waters
from the Arctic to the Equator

The general objective of the VULCAR-FATE project is to co-construct a shared strategic and transdisciplinary vision and an operational research and innovation framework on climate change, land use/cover, carbon cycle and soils, surface water, and groundwater sustainability, in order to improve soil, surface and groundwater knowledge, management and policy from the local to regional scale. This will be achieved by engaging a diverse community of academic actors with expertise in social sciences (archaeology, anthropology, socioeconomy) and biogeosciences (hydrology, climatology, geospatial analyses, biogeochemistry, soil science, vegetation science, biology), as well as non-academic actors (industries, communities, NGOs and government agencies/local authorities) committed to sustainable natural resource management and development.


Nations Involved: Gabon, Russian Federation
Principal Investigators: Jean-Jacques Braun, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
Partners: Elisabeth Bemer, IFP Énergies Nouvelles, France
Sergey Kulizhskiy, National Research Tomsk State University, Russia
Robert George Martin Spencer, Florida State University, United States
Marie-Claire Paiz, The Nature Conservancy Gabon Office, Gabon
Oleg S Pokrovsky, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Victoria Reyes García, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Spain


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VULCAR-FATE teams had a number of successful meetings in Gabon and field trips on the lower Ogooué River seen in the photos below.


VULCAR-FATE anthrosol measurements


VULCAR Group 1 photo

VULCAR-FATE Group 1 photo



VULCAR GHG water sampling

VULCAR-FATE GHG water sampling


VULCAR Group 2 photo

VULCAR-FATE Group 2 photo