Unit of Biosystem Physics

Teaching themes

General Physics. Environmental Physics. Bioclimatology. Biosystem exchange modelling. Plant-Ecosystem-Climate relations. Digital electronics.

Research topics

  1. Coordination of the ICOS network in Wallonia ;
  2. Management of three terrestrial observatories (greenhouse gas flux measurements, micrometeorology) in mixed forests (Vielsalm TO); in crops (Lonzée TO) ; in grasslands (Dorinne TO);
  3. Methodology of eddy covariance : heat, water vapor, CO2, CH4 (in progress) and N2O (in progress) fluxes;
  4. Multilayer analysis of soil respiration and its isotopic signature in forest ecosystems;
  5. Impacts of crop management on soil respiration and soil organic content;
  6. Impact of phenology and environmental conditions on BVOC emission by forest and crop ecosystems;
  7. Evaluation of carbon storage by a farm with cattle : effets of climate and management;
  8. Evaluation of the climatic impact of agri-environmental schemes in Wallonia.

Collaborations internationales

  1. DIBAF, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italie.
  2. Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
  3. Department of Micrometeorology, University of Bayreuth, Allemagne.
  4. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  5. Department Computational Hydrosystems, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, germany.
  6. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA, USA
  7. Max Planck Institute für Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany,
  8. Department of Meteorology, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, TU Dresden, Allemagne.
  9. INRA,Grassland Ecosystem Research (UREP), Clermont-Ferrand, France,
  10. Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières, Centre de Nancy, INRA, France.
  11. Institute of Soil Science and Forest Nutrition, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  12. INRA, Centre de Laon, France.
  13. Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère, Toulouse, France.
  14. Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing, University of Basel, Suisse.
  15. Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Canberra, Australie.
  16. Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria