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Impacts of Climate Change on fauna, flora and habitats, as well as adaptation strategies

The overall aims of the project initiated by the BfN (Bundesamt für Naturschutz / Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) is first the synthesis of available data and current knowledge on the effects of climate change on species and their habitats, and second the delineation of specific adaptation strategies for nature conservation. The innovation of our approach consists in particularly addressing the effects of changing climatic trends and events on biotic interactions such as pollination, herbivory and communities as well as a selection of species and habitats listed in the Annex of the Habitat Directive.




Science and research management of the joint research center FORKAST

The coordination office has the task to manage the joint research of the whole FORKAST group. The group was established due to the “Bavarian Climate Programme 2020” as one of three interdisciplinary research centers. More than 50 scientists within 16 subprojects pursue research on the impact of climate phenomena (such as drought, warming, torrential rain, freeze-thaw-cycles and combinations thereof) on ecosystems. The subprojects are coordinated regarding their content and method of research. The coordination office helps to facilitate the communication between the subprojects, manages the data exchange and organizes project spanning meetings and conferences. It also answers requests from external scientists, administrative organizations and interested persons and coordinates public relations (e.g. websites, press releases, presence on events).


Influence of increasing frequency of extreme weather events on soil quality

The project studies how increased frequencies of extreme events influence functionality of soil microbial communities under field conditions in different vegetation types. Microbial processes are involved in all soil nutrient cycles and are therefore considered a factor related to sustainability of soil quality. It is therefore of utmost importance to know if and how extreme weather events change nutrient cycles in the long term with respect to different vegetation types.

The ultimate goal of the project is to deduce long-term prognoses on how climate change will influence ecosystem services such as soil fertility and carbon storage at natural stands and how land use measures have to be optimised in future to reach sustainable soil quality.






Improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

A European project of the Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation that focuses on the use of remote sensing to monitor important European protected areas. ECOPOTENTIAL brings together 47 research institutes, universities and companies from 18 countries and is led by Dr. Antonello Provenzale, CNR-Italy, and by Prof. Carl Beierkuhnlein, University of Bayreuth.


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