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Division of Ecosystem Research with Centre LTER - Bulgaria

Research priorities

  • Selection of indicators for assessment of ecosystem status and degradation processes;
  • Monitoring of different types of ecosystems, modelling of ecosystem processes and and developing sustainable management plans;
  • Key functional processes and components for the ecosystems – effect of biodiversity, air pollution (ozone, sulphuric and nitric oxides) on ecosystems in natural and impacted environments; mechanisms for transformation of pollutants introduced by rainfall in water catchments with different vegetation cover;
  • Mid- and long-term ecological processes in the ecosystems; changes in functional regime and energetic status of ecosystems.


Current working tasks

  • 2016-2017. Assessment of the state of natural Eastern beech ecosystems in Strandja Mountain and their potential to provide ecosystem services in conditions of climate change. Financed by Financed by MES, Programme for support of young scientists in BAS. Coordinator: Biologist Gergana Georgieva.
  • 2015-2017. MetEcosMap. Methodological assistance for ecosystem assessment and biophysical valuation. Financed by Norwegian Financial Mechanism, BG03 Program "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services". Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Svetla Bratanova-Doncheva, PhD.