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.

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Our Vision

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.

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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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Paris climate goals paper in the news

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Paris climate change targets likely to be missed

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China and India dominate in greening the Earth

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Do conservation farming practices matter?

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Benefits of linking socio‐ecological models

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