+++ Save the date - Summer School 2022 +++

Save the date: We are currently planning our next Summer School for 2022, which will be hosted in person from 16th to 24th August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Soon we will publish a detailed announcement with a specific time table and criteria for applications. So stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have any more questions, please contact Sylvia Kratz: sylvia.kratz@kit.edu

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.

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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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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 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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Mark becomes coordinating lead author for IPBES assessment

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Farms & meadows

Symposium: Towards global-scale behavioural models of land use change

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Our research about global land use change in the spotlight

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Global land use change is four times greater than estimated

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DAAD PRIME research grant for Reinhard Prestele

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When science matters

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Europe’s Green Deal offshores environmental damage to other nations

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Max 20 extinctions per year: A new target for biodiversity

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Modelling food security: Bridging the gap between the micro and the macro scale

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