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Max 20 extinctions per year: A new target for biodiversity
12th June 2020: A new publication by group head Mark Rounsevell in Science journal. The paper discusses the introduction of a biodiversity target based on species extinctions, similar of using the 1.5°C temperature increase for climate change. Mark and his co-authors suggest a maximum of 20 species extinction per year, helping policy makers to achieve their milestones.
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Modelling food security: Bridging the gap between the micro and the macro scale
May 2020: A new paper published, with contribution of Calum Brown, in the journal Global Environmental Change. The paper identifies key pieces in food security modelling, and summarizes achievements and gaps in food modelling in different contextual domains of food security (production, trade, and consumption) at different spatial scales.
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Let's get virtual!
May 2020: Research in COVID-19 times. The corona virus has changed our daily work in almost every aspect: lockdown, home office, travel bans, conference cancelations and virtual retreats. Just to name a few. Read how our group is adapting to this extraordinary situation.
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SNEAK PREVIEW: HILDA+ is coming
May 2020: What open data tells us: Reconstructing 55 years of global land cover/use change. Watch our video teaser about the new HILDA+ model.
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Agency in Earth System Governance
A new book synthesising a decade of multidisciplinary research into how governance of the Earth system operates has been published, including contributions from group member Calum Brown.
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Does Climate Change Communication Matter for Individual Engagement with Adaptation?
New paper on the role of climate change communication in changing forest owners' management practices
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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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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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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 →