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Our research about global land use change in the spotlight
<p>29.07.2021: “Global land use changes are four times greater than previously estimated “, our Nature Communications paper led by Karina, has been accessed 13k times and received a lot of online attention. It was picked up over 50 times by international news sites.</p>
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Global land use change is four times greater than estimated
<p>11.05.2021: Our group member Karina published a paper in the Nature Communications journal, which shows that global land use changes are four times as large as previously assumed. The results of this paper are based on our newly available data set HILDA+, which combines and harmonizes a variety of maps from high-resolution satellite data and statistics to retrieve this comprehensive picture of the world.</p>
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DAAD PRIME research grant for Reinhard Prestele
<p>10.03.21: Our team member Reinhard Prestele won a 18-month DAAD PRIME (Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience) grant for his project ‘Integrating process-based land use and ecological models to assess global change impacts on European bumblebees and pollination service’. Congratz Reinhard!</p>
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When science matters
<p>15.01.21: Recent papers of our group in "Science" and "Nature" journals receive a lot of media and policy attention and reaction. Here we break down the outreach impact.</p>
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Europe’s Green Deal offshores environmental damage to other nations
26.10.2020: A new paper by Richard, Calum and Mark in Nature Journal shows how the Eurpean Deal allows importing millions of tonnes of crops and meat each year that undercut EU farming standards and destroy tropical forests.
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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.
+++ We are hiring - two postdoc positions available +++
We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers in the field of land-based, climate change mitigation modelling. The positions will be held within the Land Use & Climate Change Research Group and the Global Land Ecosystem Modelling Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), located at KIT’s ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Specifically, we seek to employ:
- A land use modeller to develop and apply the CRAFTY agent-based model of land use change in evaluating land-based, climate change mitigation scenarios and policy options at the national scale in Germany (ref: LUC-ABM);
- An ecosystem modeller to develop and apply the LPJ-GUESS model in evaluating vegetation dynamics and biogeochemical cycling globally and nationally for Germany (ref: LUC-DGVM).
Duration: 3 years. Deadline: 9th July 2021. Interested? Find detailed information here and apply now.
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 →