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Dystopian futures of Europe
4th Dec. 2019: New group paper, by Calum Brown, Bumsuk Seo & Mark Rounsevell in Earth Sytem Dynamics journal, using agent-based modelling explores risks of land system breakdown in Europe.
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EU’s forestation targets demand dietary rethink
A research article led by the group is selected as a today’s highlight at the magazine `Physics World’.
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Using spatial point process modelling to reveal ecological mechanisms in tropical, subtropical and subalpine forests
8th October 2019: New paper with contribtion of group member Calum Brown in Journal of Vegetation Science "Ecological drivers of tree assemblage in tropical, subtropical and subalpine forests".
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Land use change alters river run-off and evatotranspriration across Europe
4th Sept. 2019: A new paper including group member Richard Fuchs in the journal Hydrology and Erath System Sciences show how climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe.
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Communicating climate change risks to forest owners
24th Sept. 2019: New paper including group members Calum Brown & Mark Rounsevell in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management about successes and shortcomings of communicating climate change risks to forest owners.
Open Science - Change the game: Kick-off of the 4th "Freies Wissen" fellow programme
13.-15. Sept. 2019: "Freies Wissen" started into its 4th round with a kick-off event at the Wikimedia office in Berlin on 13-15 September. Group member Karina Winkler is one of 20 fellows who are supported by mentors and programme partners in putting Open Science into practice.
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ESA Phi-Week: Using a data cube to assess changes in the Earth system
9-13. Sep. 2019: A group of Early Adopters, including group member Karina Winkler, met during Phi-week at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation to exchange their experiences with the Earth System Data Lab (ESDL), a data cube containing multiple variables on the earth system.
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Land and food sectors are critical to keep global warming to well below 2ºC
Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) is released in August 2019.
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Role of global dietary transitions for safeguarding biodiversity
A team of researchers that includes our group leader Mark Rounsevell has published a study titled “The role of global dietary transitions for safeguarding biodiversity” in Global Environmental Change.
Symposium: Towards global-scale behavioural models of land use change
27-29 May 2020, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany
This symposium will gather together an international group of researchers to tackle one of the most important challenges facing Earth System Science: the development of large-scale (national/continental to global) land-use models that are based on human behaviour, agency and decision-making processes.
Who we are
We are a Research Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology based at the Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. We seek to understand how people use land and other natural resources, and the impacts of land management decisions on socio-ecological systems. We explore the interactions, synergies and trade-offs between people and their environment across scales (from local to global) and aspire to find solutions for sustainable land system futures.
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Human land use and agriculture in particular are the principle drivers of many of our biggest environmental challenges. At the same time, current food systems fail to provide food security to all consumers or decent livelihoods to all farmers worldwide. This research will help identify ways to use our land better and to move our food system towards enhanced sustainability by examining key knowledge gaps through interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-scalar research.Learn more →
Anthropogenic global change is causing rapid declines in biodiversity, which threaten the capacity of ecosystems to provide the services fundamental for human existence.Learn more →
Human activity is causing substantial changes in climate that are expected to increase in magnitude over the coming century. These changes are known to threaten many of the essential processes on which humanity depends, including food production. However, the ways in which societal responses might exacerbate or ameliorate these threats are relatively poorly understood because the methods used to understand climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation do not take proper account of human responses.Learn more →
Forests play a number of essential roles at global scale, from maintaining biological diversity to mitigating climate change. However, forests around the world are being rapidly cleared to make space for food production, threatening their continued provision of ecosystem services.Learn more →