Summer School 2021

Online Summer School 2021

Land Use and Ecosystem Change

9-20 August 2021

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers an online international Summer School on the topic of land use and ecosystem change during August 2021.  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, in particular:

  1. Both the biophysical and human processes and concepts needed to understand the broader issues of socio-ecological systems. This includes ecosystem functioning, biodiversity, ecosystem services, resilience, vulnerability, risk management, tipping-points, sustainability and related concepts in the field. We will also explore current understanding of how physical and human environmental changes affect socio-ecological systems, including content on international assessment processes such as the IPCC and IPBES.
  2. Different aspects of land use change processes across geographic scales and for the past, present and future drivers of change. This will include, for example, land abandonment, extensification vs. intensification, deforestation, the role of social networks and knowledge diffusion, the role of pollinators and land management. There will be a focus on land use change assessment methods, including the role of observational data (e.g. from remote sensing and other sources) and land use modelling approaches using interactive exercises and case studies.

Format: The summer school will include a mix of webinars, practical exercises with student presentations (see schedule below).

Lecturers (KIT): Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth, Prof. Dr. Mark Rounsevell, Dr. Richard Fuchs, Dr. Sam Rabin, Dr. Heera Lee, Dr. Calum Brown, Karina Winkler, Dr. Penelope Whitehorn,  Dr. Anita Bayer, Dr. Bumsuk Seo.

Applications: Application deadline 30 April 2021. Please send, in a single file, your CV and a letter of motivation (limited to one page), signed by your supervisor, to:



Figure 1: Schedule of the Summer School 2021


This summer school contributes to the Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Analysis & Integrated Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES) project of Future Earth.




Online Course organized by the

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Campus Alpin

Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19

82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen





Past Summer Schools

Summer School 2019

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