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Humboldt Foundation's annual meeting: invited speaker Penelope Whitehorn
26th June 2019: Group member Penelope Whitehorn follows Angela Merkel presenting her work about "bumblebees in a changing world" at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting in Berlin. A crowded auditorium, an important and timely research and Penelope's jokes about learning German. Watch the full event here!
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IPBES: New webinar and executive summary videos
May 2019: IPBES offers a new webinar "The IPBES Regional Assessment Report of Europe and Central Asia" and executive summary videos. Mark Rounsevell contributed as co-chair in this important assessment. Watch the webinar and videos here!
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Satellites help monitor corn and soybeans growth condition in the US
16th May 2019: New paper, led by Bumsuk Seo, in Field Crop Research journal examines crop growth conditions of main crops in the US using remote sensing.
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Milano, Oslo, London - Satellites, Vertical Farms and Natural Capital
May 2019: Many of our group members left Garmisch to attend conferences all around Europe. The topics were very diverse but relevant for our group research, such as the latest remote sensing technologies and satellite products at the ESA Living Planet Symposium in Milano, Italy; innovative natural capital solutions at the Natural Capital Initiative Summit in London, UK; and the potential of vertical farming and indoor farms in cities, in Oslo, Norway. Curious? Have a look what we presented and get some impressions from the conferences.
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How academics, policymakers and practitioners interpet the Ecosystem Service concept
April 2019: New paper, with contribution of Mark Rounsevell, in Ecosystem Services journal, exploring the views of the ecosystem services concept from different users, using a large mixed methods survey conducted among academics, policymakers and practitioners working in the field of ecosystem services across Europe.
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Developing countries lead by example in mainstreaming biodiversity
30th April 2019: New paper, led by Penelope Whitehorn, in Biological Conservation, shows what achievements countries made to adequately account for national biodiversity targets in their national policies and where they have failed.
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GLP-OSM: Six talks, two sessions, one winner!
24-26th April 2019: Fantastic presence of the Land Use Change and Climate group at the 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme in Bern, Switzerland, the biggest and most important meeting of our community. Six speakers of the Land Use Change group, to chaired sessions and one winner for a best presenters award :) Congratz our group member Karina Winkler for this achievement! Have a look at the variety of our topics presented and impressions from the conference.
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US-China trade war paper in the news
April 2019 - Communicating science: A recently published paper, led by Richard Fuchs and with contributions of Calum Brown and Mark Rounsevell, is picked up by more than 60 international news outlets, such as SPIEGEL, The Guardian, The Independent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, PBS, ABC and read by more than 4.5 million Twitter users.
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Tropical forests in the firing line of US-China trade war
28th March 2019: New paper in Nature journal, led by Richard Fuchs with contributions of Calum Brown and Mark Rounsevell. An analysis of global soya-bean production forecasts massive deforestation in Brazil — stakeholders must act fast to prevent it, warn Richard Fuchs and colleagues.
Summer School 2019
20-27 August 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School. Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change.
The Land Use Change Research Group is about PEOPLE IN THE LAND SYSTEM. We aspire to understand land use and management in the broader global context and how people impact on landscapes and natural resources. Specifically, we seek to:
Advance understanding of the interactions, synergies and trade-offs between people and their environment across scales (local to global); and,
Find solutions for sustainable futures in land systems.
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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 →