The laboratory was created in 2012 with the premise of supporting a group specialized in Environmental Remote Sensing. Currently, LSRACA is an accomplished project and has grown significantly. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment financed by development agencies (CNPq, FAPERJ, CAPES and others) and by projects in cooperation with multidisciplinary teams from UFRRJ and other Brazilian institutions.
Research in the Itatiaia National Park
Greenhouse gases have increased as a result of changes in land use and land cover, which has further contributed to global warming. A viable alternative for mitigating the worsening of this process is the storage of atmospheric carbon in forest ecosystems. One of the Greenhouse gases that can be sequestered by forests is carbon dioxide (CO2), but little is known about carbon sequestration by terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers from UFRRJ in partnership with the Itatiaia National Park are studying the behavior of the Atlantic Forest in terms of its ability to set carbon. The research involves evaluation of the interactions between the Atlantic Forest and atmospheric conditions on a regional and global scale. They seek to understand how changes in the landscape influenced by land use and changes in its coverage, especially as a result of human activities, such as the conversion of natural vegetation to agricultural areas or pastures, can trigger global climate change. To understand how these changes in C storage occur in the Atlantic Forest Biome, the researchers set up a C balance measurement tower in the Itatiaia National Park to monitor the Gross Primary Production (GPP) in the forest. Who explains the research is the Meteorologist Rafael Coll Delgado, of the Institute of Forests / Department of Environmental Sciences of UFRRJ. He composes the interdisciplinary research team of UFRRJ in partnership with the PNI and has been studying the monitoring of the C in the Amazon and Atlantic Forest Biomes. The amount of carbon (C) in terrestrial ecosystems is directly influenced by land use and changes in its coverage, mainly due to the conversion of natural vegetation to agricultural areas or pastures. Thus, changes in the storage of C in vegetation and / or soil may have significant implications for the atmospheric concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, due to the burning and / or decomposition, thereby contributing to regional and global climate change. To understand how these changes in C storage take place in the Atlantic Forest Biome, UFRRJ researchers set up a meteorological tower in the Itatiaia National Park to monitor important climatic data on C understanding in the forest. Who explains the research is the Meteorologist Rafael Coll Delgado, of the Institute of Forests / Department of Environmental Sciences of UFRRJ.