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March 18, 2021

Spatial and seasonal patterns of rainfall erosivity in the Lake Kivu region: Insights from a meteorological observatory network: article published by Bagalwa et al. in Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment



January 28, 2021

Soil Nutrient Depletion and Tree Functional Composition Shift Following Repeated Clearing in Secondary Forests of the Congo Basin: article published by Bauters et al. in Ecosystems

May 6, 2021

A portrait of Laurent Kidinda and his PhD project on soil organic carbon dynamics and microbial activity along geomorphic gradients in the Eastern Congo Basin published on the Congolese the news portal



July 24, 2020

Du feu à l'eau: source and flux of dissolved black carbon from the Congo River: article by Drake et al. published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

April 27, 2020

Century-long apparent decrease in intrinsic water-use efficiency with no evidence of progressive nutrient limitation in African tropical forests: article by Bauters et al. published in Global Change Biology

April 20, 2020

Seasonality, drivers, and isotopic composition of soil CO 2 fluxes from tropical forests of the Congo Basin: article by Baumgartner et al. under review in Biogeosciences Discussions

March 04, 2020

Alerte/La séquestration de carbone a atteint un pic dans les forêts tropicales en Afrique et en Amazonie: An article published in Le Potentiel

March 04, 2020

Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests: A new publication in nature

January 02, 2020

Environmental research in the heart of Africa: The Congo Biogeochemistry Observatory; A profile paper published in Open Access Government



November 04, 2019

Land‐use controls on carbon biogeochemistry in lowland streams of the Congo Basin: New paper in Global Change Biology

October 11, 2019

The website of CAFRINAT (Centre of Excellence for the African Great Lakes' Natural Capital) is launched

"CAFRINAT is an international centre of excellence for African Great Lakes Natural Capital and was founded at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering of Ghent University. The general research, education and societal goals of CAFRINAT focus on the sustainable management of natural capital in areas of conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa."

Find more information on the website!

August 12, 2019

Understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems: New publication in EU Research

Dr Sebastian Doetterl (Assistant Professor for Soil Resources, ETH Zurich) explains how understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems will inform models of earth system dynamics and help farmers in the region to use land effectively.

(EU Research SUM19/P37)

July 12, 2019

Mobilization of aged and biolabile soil carbon by tropical deforestation: New paper in Nature Geoscience

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May 2, 2019

Matti Barthel got an award for one of his DRC photographs by SNF



Matti Barthel (Technical staff, ETH Zurich) got an award in SNSF Scientific Image Competition in the category "Locations and instruments". His photo "Nyiragongo" was taken during an expedition to the Nyiragongo volcano in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Copyright: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo: Matti Barthel


January 25, 2019

AGU’s 2018 Congo Basin Chapman Conference presentation videos now online

A collection of talks and other material presented at the AGU Chapman Conference on Hydrologic Research in the Congo Basin is now online. The conference was held at the Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington DC, September 25-27 2018.

January 24, 2019

CongoFlux project is now on Instagram


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January 7, 2019

Contrasting nitrogen fluxes in African tropical forests of the Congo Basin: New paper in Ecological Monographs

The paper published in Ecological Monographs focused on three main question:

"(1) How does the abiotic environment affect N cycling in tropical forests by comparing montane and lowland forest?

 (2) How does forest type within each geographical location affect the N cycle, i.e., what is the variability that can be expected from a change in biotic forest composition?

 (3) How does the N cycle of tropical forests in the Congo basin compare to the better‐documented South American and Southeast Asian tropical forests?"



December 12, 2018

Enhancing Resilience in Food Systems: Project Newsletter

The Sustainable Agroecosystem Group, chaired by Prof. Johan Six, and their partners were awarded funding by the Global Programme Food Security of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for their project “The rural-urban nexus: Establishing a nutrient loop to improve city region food system resilience (RUNRES)”.

November 16, 2018

TAHMO is providing crucial data for an international consortium on research in the Congo Basin

The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) is providing crucial data for researchers of the Congo Biogeochemistry Observatory on research related to biogeochemical cycling of carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the Congo Basin.

September 21, 2018

Carbon cycling and the role of soils in understanding the response of the biosphere to Global Change

Dr. Sebastian Doetterl (Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich) gave a presentation at the AMS Beyond 2020 Symposium, ETH Zurich, 2018.

March 28, 2018

A high fire-derived nitrogen deposition in the Congo Basin


Behind the paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Marijn Bauters (Post-doc, Ghent University) share his experiences about working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and explains the importance of doing research there.

February 8, 2018

FSU researchers: Savanna fires pump Central African forests full of nitrogen

New article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

See media response on Florida State University News.



September 9, 2014

Sustainability in the heart of darkness

"The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mostly known for its social, economic, and political instability. Does it make sense then for me to focus my research on sustainable agriculture and the role of the Congo River Basin in the global carbon cycle?" Johan Six (Professor of Sustainable Agroecosystems, ETH Zurich) explains why it is important to have research projects in the DRC.