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Dr Ana Lopez Ballesteros


Ana’s previous research was focused on carbon and water cycling in water-limited areas, including both natural (grasslands, shrublands, savannas and forests) and managed (wetlands, olive orchards) ecosystems, which overall comprise one third of the global land surface. She has investigated how land degradation, climate extremes or sustainable management strategies can affect the carbon sequestration capacity and functioning of drylands by using the eddy covariance technique as well as satellite imagery and flux chamber measurements.

Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations (SEACRIFOG).

This project tries to develop an integrative network for long-term and sustainable cooperation among African and European environmental research infrastructures, concretely those related to observation of carbon cycle, greenhouse gases and air quality measurements to support adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

Project Supervisor(s)

Dr Matthew Saunders, Prof. Mike Jones




Selected publications

  • Lopez-Ballesteros, A., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Kowalski, A. S., Oyonarte, C., Sanchez-Cañete, E. P., Moya, M. R., Domingo, F. 2017 How land degradation affects the carbon balance and its component processes: A case of study in SE Spain. Biogeosciences. DOI:10.5194/bg-2017-77.
  • Lopez-Ballesteros, A., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Kowalski, A.S., Sanchez-Cañete, E. P., Scott, R. L., Domingo, F. 2017 Subterranean ventilation of allochthonous CO2 governs net CO2 exchange in a semiarid Mediterranean grassland. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Vol. 234, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.12.021.
  • Chamizo, S., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Lopez-Ballesteros, A., Sanchez-Cañete, E. P., Vicente-Vicente, J. L., Kowalski, A. S. 2016 Net ecosystem CO2 exchange in an irrigated olive orchard of SE Spain: influence of weed cover. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. Vol. 239, DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.01.016.
  • Lopez-Ballesteros, A., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Sanchez-Cañete, E. P., Oyonarte, C., Kowalski, A.S., Perez-Priego, O., Domingo, F. 2016 Enhancement of the net CO2 release of a semiarid grassland in SE Spain by rain pulses. Journal of Geophysiscal Research-Biogeosciences. Vol. 121, DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003091.
  • Perez-Priego, O., Lopez-Ballesteros, A., Sanchez-Cañete, E., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Kutzbach, L., Domingo, F., Wegner, E., Kowalski, A.S. 2015 Analyzing uncertainties in the calculation of fluxes using canopy chambers: Systematic and random errors. Plant and Soil. Vol. 393, DOI: 10.1007/s11104-015-2481-x.