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.  

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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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News

EU’s forestation targets demand dietary rethink

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Using spatial point process modelling to reveal ecological mechanisms in tropical, subtropical and subalpine forests

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Land use change alters river run-off and evatotranspriration across Europe

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Communicating climate change risks to forest owners

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Open Science - Change the game: Kick-off of the 4th "Freies Wissen" fellow programme

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ESA Phi-Week: Using a data cube to assess changes in the Earth system

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Land and Global Warming

Land and food sectors are critical to keep global warming to well below 2ºC

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Butterfly

Role of global dietary transitions for safeguarding biodiversity

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

More forest and less meat to achieve the Paris agreement

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