Summer School 2022 on Land Use and Ecosystem Change

We are very delighted that this years Summer School on Land Use and Ecosystem Change will finally be in person again. The summer school will take place from 16th - 23rd August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We are looking forward to welcome all participants!

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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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Agriculture

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.

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Nature

Anthropogenic global change is causing rapid declines in biodiversity, which threaten the capacity of ecosystems to provide the services fundamental for human existence.

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Climate

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.

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Forests

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.

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Finally networking again

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Our group is growing

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Land use change emissions lower than previously estimated

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Findings from a decade of citizen-science observations

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Vegetation sampling plot at a Bavarian grassland site

Manage grassland more sustainably with UAS sensors and machine learning

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Appropriate technology and approach can help Carbon and greenhouse gas research in developing countries

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Butterfly

Crowdsourced photos help identify spatial relationships among cultural, regulating services and biodiversity

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Protecting land area for conservation could have adverse impact on health and food

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