Research Projects

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • InnovationPlus: Modularisiertes Blended-Learning in der GIS-Ausbildung
    Projekt zur Weiterentwicklung der Lehre im Lehrschwerpunkt Geographische Informationssysteme (GIS) des Instituts für Physische Geographie und Landschaftsökologie.
    Leaders: Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp
    Team: Tienes Bär
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK)
    Lifespan: 04.2020 - 03.2021
  • EBeMÖS - Erfassung und Bewertung von Meeresökosystemen und Ökosystemleistungen der deutschen Nord- und Ostsee
    The overall goal of the project is to assess the ecosystem services of the German seas in the 12 nautical miles zone and in the the exclusive economic zone and to evaluate them monetarily. This can support political decisions in this area in a variety of ways. EBeMÖS will both contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive MSRL and support Actions 5 and 14 of the 2nd target of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.
    Leaders: Malte Oehlmann (adelphi)
    Team: Kristin Kuhn, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)
    Lifespan: 20.11.2019 - 31.05.2022
  • MOVE-ON: From case studies to anchor projects - Setting the ground to advance MAES in Europe’s overseas
    The ongoing work on MOVE (which this consortium is running) has already showed that the steps forward in the implementation of MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) in the European Overseas involve (i) tailoring existing methodologies, or develop new ones, taking into account common specificities and needs, (ii) providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaborative work and (iii) promoting the involvement of decision makers in initiatives with practical relevance.
    Leaders: José Azevedo (University of the Azores)
    Team: Ina Sieber, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: European Commission
    Lifespan: 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2023
  • ModBieN - Flächenhafte Modellierung der Bestäubungsleistung in Niedersachsen für ein nachhaltiges und regionales Landschaftsmanagement
    Bestäubung durch Insekten zählt zu den regulierenden Ökosystemleistungen und stellt eine wichtige Basis für die Bereitstellung zahlreicher wertvoller, für den Menschen nutzbarer Güter dar. In ModBieN sollen anhand des GIS-basierenden Modells ESTIMAP Habitate für Wildbienen in Beispielräumen Niedersachsens flächenhaft modelliert werden, um Handlungsempfehlungen für eine nachhaltige Naturnutzung bereitzustellen.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard (PhyGeo)
    Team: Malte Hinsch, Jens Groß, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU
    Lifespan: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022
  • MAIA - Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting
    MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting) aims to mainstream natural capital and ecosystem accounting in EU Member States. The work is carried out in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 Target 2 Action Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES).
    Leaders: Lars Hein (Wageningen University)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Sylvie Campagne
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: EU Horizon 2020
    Lifespan: 11.2018 - 04.2023
  • ROSEMARIE - Blue health and wealth from the Baltic Sea – a participatory systematic review for smart decisions
    ROSEMARIE conducts systematic reviews on Baltic Sea ecosystem services (ES) and their contribution to human health and wellbeing and analyses methods and models to estimate both monetary and non-monetary values of marine ES.
    Leaders: Soile Oinonen (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Kristin Kuhn
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: EU BONUS
    Lifespan: 01.10.2018 - 31.03.2020
  • ECOSEO: Ecosystemic Services Observatory of the Guiana Shield
    Main aims of ECOSEO are: 1) Definition of a transnational strategy for the conservation and valorisation of ecosystem services and associated socioeconomic benefits; 2) Identification, monitoring and communication about the main ecosystem services shared at the regional scale (water, biodiversity, carbon); and 3) Improve access to data & information on land cover/use and ecosystem conditions at the regional level.
    Leaders: Philippe Thibault (WWF French Guyana)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Ina Sieber
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: European Union, Water Basin Office Guyana
    Lifespan: 01/2018 - 12/2020
  • MOVE: Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in OVerseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources
    The general objectives of MOVE are to (1) build a collaborative network of local agents from a significant number of EU Outermost regions, EU Overseas countries and territories and mainland Europe teams, in order to (2) engage stakeholders in identifying local priorities for the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) and (3) collaborating in the development of case studies addressing those priorities.
    Leaders: José Azevedo (University of the Azores)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Ina Sieber
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: European Commission
    Lifespan: 01.04.2018 - 31.03.2021
  • ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking)
    Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (ES) are core to the EU Biodiversity (BD) Strategy. ESMERALDA aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments. The work will ensure the timely delivery to EU member states in relation to Action 5 of the BD Strategy, supporting the needs of assessments in relation to the requirements for planning, agriculture, climate, water and nature policy.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard (project coordinator)
    Team: Sabine Bicking, Ina Sieber, Kristin Kuhn, Anne Piechulla, Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: EU Horizon 2020
    Lifespan: 02.2015 - 07.2018
  • ÖSKKIP – Ecosystem services (ES) of urban areas – mapping, communicating and integrating ES in planning policies to protect biodiversity in face of climate change
    ÖSKKIP assesses the integration capacity of the concept of ecosystem services in urban and regional planning policies. Furthermore, the protection of biodiversity in urban areas should be intensified, especially due to the changing conditions in the face of climate change.
    Leaders: Sonja Deppisch (Hafen Universität Hamburg)
    Team: Claudia Dworczyk, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: BMBF/BMU/BfN research project to implement the German National Strategy on Biological Diversity
    Lifespan: 03.2017 - 12.2021
  • Feasibility study on the integration of status information of forest ecosystems and their ecosystem services (matrix approach)
    This study uses an integrative approach to assess the status information and development of forest ecosystems in all of Germany. Based on these results, the nationwide status and functions of forest ecosystems are evaluated along with the changes over space and time. These evaluations are used to analyze the correlations ecosystem conditions and ecosystem services.
    Leaders: Winfried Schröder (Universität Vechta)
    Team: Claudia Dworczyk, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2016
    Sponsors: German Umweltbundesamt (UBA
    Lifespan: 08.2016 - 06.2017
  • Identifying regions with a risk of heavy rain events in Hesse for planning disaster prevention procedures at a state and municipal level
    The goal of this project is to develop a procedure for automated analysis of radar-meteorological data (RADOLAN) to detect heavy rain events. Regions with a high risk for heavy rain falls will be identified in Hesse based on these results.
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Jennifer Peußner
    Year: 2015
    Sponsors: Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG)
    Lifespan: 10.2015 - 09.2019
  • Ecosystem based information system for Bulgarian mountains
    Leaders: Miglena Zhiyanski (Bulgarian academy of sciences)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2014
    Sponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Lifespan: 01.2014 - 12.2015
  • Development and implementation of a template that can assess the potential for unsealing areas in the city of Hannover
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Anna Scotti
    Year: 2013
    Sponsors: Landeshauptstadt Hannover
    Lifespan: 2013 - 2015
  • Investigating the implementation and valorization of the core zones concept in German biosphere reserves
    The project aims at developing concrete recommendations for a consequent implementation of the core zone concept in German biosphere reserves. Moreover, strategies for their valuation as well as recommendations for the development and designation of further core zones and their acceptance will be developed. Recommendations are based on detailed investigations of the state of core zones in German biosphere reserves, including their actual uses.
    Leaders: Werner Konold (Universität Freiburg)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2013
    Sponsors: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
    Lifespan: 07.2013 - 06.2015
  • Designing a concept for the cumulative assessment of anthropogenic stress
    Leaders: Claus-Dieter Dürselen (AquaEcology GmbH)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2012
    Sponsors: UBA UFOPLAN
    Lifespan: 08.2012 - 02.2014
  • LEGATO - Land-use intensity and Ecological EnGineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems
    In order to advance long-term sustainable development of intensive land use systems against risks arising from multiple aspects of global change, LEGATO plans to quantify the dependence of ecosystem functions (ESF) and services (ES) that they generate in agricultural systems in South East Asia. The focus is on local as well as regional land use intensity (including the socio-cultural and economic background) and biodiversity, and the potential impacts of future climate and land use change.
    Leaders: Josef Settele (UFZ Leipzig)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 03.2011 - 10.2016
  • Establishing indicators for evaluating and managing natural heritage sites of the DBU
    Leaders: Stefan Klotz (UFZ Halle)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) (German Federal Environmental Foundation)
    Lifespan: 04.2011 - 12.2012
  • Soil erosion monitoring in Baden-Wurttemberg
    This project is monitoring the extent and frequency of soil erosion through water in an area of about 200 hectares since the year 2011. The aim is to obtain long-term empirically secured data on soil erosion due to water under different site and cultivation conditions.
    Leaders: Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg (LUBW)
    Lifespan: since 2011
  • EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring
    EnvEurope proposes a design for environmental high quality monitoring and long-term research sites and the exemplary establishment of common parameter sets to be collected across the largest site-based network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe (LTER Europe), which was recently established (2006) under the auspices of the FP6 Network of Excellence ALTER-Net, building on existing infrastructures and thus a lot of valuable data series.
    Leaders: Alessandra Pugnetti (Institute of Marine Sciences Venice, Italy)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2010
    Sponsors: EU LIFE
    Lifespan: 01.2010 - 12.2013
  • EcoChange - Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems under Global Change
    The Sino-German network EcoChange will be established to bring together experts in the field of hydrology, hydrobiology, remote sensing, soil science and ecosystem theory to assess the impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems by identifying meaningful ecological indicators. These indicators will be brought together in a comprehensive indicator model to support integrated decisions in sustainable freshwater management.
    Leaders: Nicola Fohrer (CAU Kiel)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2009
    Sponsors: Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion, DFG/NSFC
    Lifespan: 01.2009 - 12.2011
  • Mapping potential soil erosion in the Canton Basel-Landschaft (Switzerland)
    A digital map of the erosion risk (potential soil erosion) of crop rotation areas in the canton Basel-Landschaft was generated. This map is used to advise farmers, shows the different levels of erosion and also identifies areas where fine soil could reach water bodies.
    Leaders: Thomas Mosimann
    Team: Jan Bug
    Year: 2009
    Sponsors: Canton Basel-Landschaft
    Lifespan: 2009 - 2010
  • CLMIRF - Changing landscape management in rural Finland
    The aim of the "Changing landscape management in rural Finland CLMIRF" project is the analysis of patterns of anthropogenic land use, their dynamics and relations to the provision of ecosystem goods and services. Different scenarios for the ecological, social and economical long-term impacts of different land use options will be developed and assessed. The ultimate goal is to develop a tool to assess how the ecosystem services could be used in sustainable land use planning. The project and the co-operating partners will support the development of a model for sustainable development for the low productive forestry areas in northernmost Finland.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2007
    Sponsors: DAAD und Finnische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Lifespan: 01.2007 - 12.2010
  • Trace elements in seepage water (leachate)
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Levke Godbersen
    Year: 2007
    Sponsors: Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
    Lifespan: 2007 - 2010
  • Modeling forest soil properties in the canton Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
    Based on the data of extensive field surveys, this project utilized Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) methods to develop maps of different forest soil properties for forests in the cantons Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt.
    Leaders: Thomas Mosimann
    Team: Philipp Herbst
    Year: 2006
    Sponsors: Canton Basel-Landschaft
    Lifespan: 2006 - 2010
  • Zukunft Küste - Coastal Futures
    Coastal Futures deals with questions of a sustainable and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein. The individual subprojects are focused on the integrated analysis of the interactions between various types of coastal use as well as the interactions between human activities and the coastal ecosystem. Coastal Futures describes a joint research project supported by national and international scientific institutes, national authorities, the State Ministries of Schleswig-Holstein as well as regional and transnational institutions.
    Leaders: Andreas Kannen (HZG Geesthacht)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2004
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 06.2004 - 04.2010
  • CCMS: Challenges of Modernity for Environmental Sciences - Use of Landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment
    The purpose and scope of this landscape sciences pilot study is to establish a working group representative of NATO Member and Partner nations to exchange information about landscape science approaches useful for environmental assessment and to transfer landscape assessment technologies among the study group participants for use in environmental protection and preservation programs. Both land use and land cover characterization and the use of landscape indicators will be demonstrated for environmental assessment. Multiple geographic areas in Europe and the continental United States have been selected for this demonstration study. The pilot study will explore the possibility of quantifying and assessing environmental condition, processes of land degradation, and subsequent impacts on natural and human resources (including security) by combining the advanced technologies of remote sensing, geographic information systems, spatial statistics, and process models with landscape ecology theory.
    Leaders: Felix Müller (CAU Kiel)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2002
    Sponsors: NATO CCMS
    Lifespan: 01.2002 - 12.2016
  • RENMAN - The challenge of modernity for reindeer management: integration and sustainable development in Europe's sub-arctic and boreal regions
    RENMAN (RENtier MANagement) will develop new tools and models of participatory research and planning in reindeer management that will facilitate integrated and sustainable use of living resources in sub-arctic/boreal Europe. RENMAN is a direct result of the participation of key partners in the project 'Human Environmental Interactions' in the European Union Concerted Action ARTERI, and the IASC workshop on the 'Human Role in Reindeer Systems'. The project involves rural stakeholders, via local workshops and interviews, in the process of research on topics they have helped to prioritize. The analyses will focus on human interactions (in particular indigenous vs. scientific perceptions of management and the transfer of expertise from the EU to Russian systems), the quality and hygienic status of summer pastures, soils and surface waters, and the implications for animal and human health. The findings will provide better cultural and scientific bases for EU policy implementation.
    Leaders: Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2001
    Sponsors: 5th framework programm of the EU
    Lifespan: 03.2001 - 02.2004
  • Long-term soil erosion monitoring in Lower Saxony, Germany
    This long-term project is monitoring the extent and frequency of soil erosion through water in an area of 450 hectares since the year 2000. The aim is to obtain long-term empirically secured data on soil erosion due to water under different site and cultivation conditions.
    Leaders: Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp
    Year: 2000
    Sponsors: Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie Niedersachsen (LBEG)
    Lifespan: since 2000

COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking)
    Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (ES) are core to the EU Biodiversity (BD) Strategy. ESMERALDA aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments. The work will ensure the timely delivery to EU member states in relation to Action 5 of the BD Strategy, supporting the needs of assessments in relation to the requirements for planning, agriculture, climate, water and nature policy.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard (project coordinator)
    Team: Sabine Bicking, Ina Sieber, Kristin Kuhn, Anne Piechulla, Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: EU Horizon 2020
    Lifespan: 02.2015 - 07.2018
  • Feasibility study on the integration of status information of forest ecosystems and their ecosystem services (matrix approach)
    This study uses an integrative approach to assess the status information and development of forest ecosystems in all of Germany. Based on these results, the nationwide status and functions of forest ecosystems are evaluated along with the changes over space and time. These evaluations are used to analyze the correlations ecosystem conditions and ecosystem services.
    Leaders: Winfried Schröder (Universität Vechta)
    Team: Claudia Dworczyk, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2016
    Sponsors: German Umweltbundesamt (UBA
    Lifespan: 08.2016 - 06.2017
  • Identifying regions with a risk of heavy rain events in Hesse for planning disaster prevention procedures at a state and municipal level
    The goal of this project is to develop a procedure for automated analysis of radar-meteorological data (RADOLAN) to detect heavy rain events. Regions with a high risk for heavy rain falls will be identified in Hesse based on these results.
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Jennifer Peußner
    Year: 2015
    Sponsors: Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG)
    Lifespan: 10.2015 - 09.2019
  • Ecosystem based information system for Bulgarian mountains
    Leaders: Miglena Zhiyanski (Bulgarian academy of sciences)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2014
    Sponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Lifespan: 01.2014 - 12.2015
  • Development and implementation of a template that can assess the potential for unsealing areas in the city of Hannover
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Anna Scotti
    Year: 2013
    Sponsors: Landeshauptstadt Hannover
    Lifespan: 2013 - 2015
  • Investigating the implementation and valorization of the core zones concept in German biosphere reserves
    The project aims at developing concrete recommendations for a consequent implementation of the core zone concept in German biosphere reserves. Moreover, strategies for their valuation as well as recommendations for the development and designation of further core zones and their acceptance will be developed. Recommendations are based on detailed investigations of the state of core zones in German biosphere reserves, including their actual uses.
    Leaders: Werner Konold (Universität Freiburg)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2013
    Sponsors: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
    Lifespan: 07.2013 - 06.2015
  • Designing a concept for the cumulative assessment of anthropogenic stress
    Leaders: Claus-Dieter Dürselen (AquaEcology GmbH)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2012
    Sponsors: UBA UFOPLAN
    Lifespan: 08.2012 - 02.2014
  • LEGATO - Land-use intensity and Ecological EnGineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems
    In order to advance long-term sustainable development of intensive land use systems against risks arising from multiple aspects of global change, LEGATO plans to quantify the dependence of ecosystem functions (ESF) and services (ES) that they generate in agricultural systems in South East Asia. The focus is on local as well as regional land use intensity (including the socio-cultural and economic background) and biodiversity, and the potential impacts of future climate and land use change.
    Leaders: Josef Settele (UFZ Leipzig)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 03.2011 - 10.2016
  • Establishing indicators for evaluating and managing natural heritage sites of the DBU
    Leaders: Stefan Klotz (UFZ Halle)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) (German Federal Environmental Foundation)
    Lifespan: 04.2011 - 12.2012
  • EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring
    EnvEurope proposes a design for environmental high quality monitoring and long-term research sites and the exemplary establishment of common parameter sets to be collected across the largest site-based network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe (LTER Europe), which was recently established (2006) under the auspices of the FP6 Network of Excellence ALTER-Net, building on existing infrastructures and thus a lot of valuable data series.
    Leaders: Alessandra Pugnetti (Institute of Marine Sciences Venice, Italy)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2010
    Sponsors: EU LIFE
    Lifespan: 01.2010 - 12.2013
  • EcoChange - Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems under Global Change
    The Sino-German network EcoChange will be established to bring together experts in the field of hydrology, hydrobiology, remote sensing, soil science and ecosystem theory to assess the impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems by identifying meaningful ecological indicators. These indicators will be brought together in a comprehensive indicator model to support integrated decisions in sustainable freshwater management.
    Leaders: Nicola Fohrer (CAU Kiel)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2009
    Sponsors: Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion, DFG/NSFC
    Lifespan: 01.2009 - 12.2011
  • Mapping potential soil erosion in the Canton Basel-Landschaft (Switzerland)
    A digital map of the erosion risk (potential soil erosion) of crop rotation areas in the canton Basel-Landschaft was generated. This map is used to advise farmers, shows the different levels of erosion and also identifies areas where fine soil could reach water bodies.
    Leaders: Thomas Mosimann
    Team: Jan Bug
    Year: 2009
    Sponsors: Canton Basel-Landschaft
    Lifespan: 2009 - 2010
  • CLMIRF - Changing landscape management in rural Finland
    The aim of the "Changing landscape management in rural Finland CLMIRF" project is the analysis of patterns of anthropogenic land use, their dynamics and relations to the provision of ecosystem goods and services. Different scenarios for the ecological, social and economical long-term impacts of different land use options will be developed and assessed. The ultimate goal is to develop a tool to assess how the ecosystem services could be used in sustainable land use planning. The project and the co-operating partners will support the development of a model for sustainable development for the low productive forestry areas in northernmost Finland.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2007
    Sponsors: DAAD und Finnische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Lifespan: 01.2007 - 12.2010
  • Trace elements in seepage water (leachate)
    Leaders: Gerald Kuhnt
    Team: Levke Godbersen
    Year: 2007
    Sponsors: Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
    Lifespan: 2007 - 2010
  • Modeling forest soil properties in the canton Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
    Based on the data of extensive field surveys, this project utilized Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) methods to develop maps of different forest soil properties for forests in the cantons Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt.
    Leaders: Thomas Mosimann
    Team: Philipp Herbst
    Year: 2006
    Sponsors: Canton Basel-Landschaft
    Lifespan: 2006 - 2010
  • Zukunft Küste - Coastal Futures
    Coastal Futures deals with questions of a sustainable and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein. The individual subprojects are focused on the integrated analysis of the interactions between various types of coastal use as well as the interactions between human activities and the coastal ecosystem. Coastal Futures describes a joint research project supported by national and international scientific institutes, national authorities, the State Ministries of Schleswig-Holstein as well as regional and transnational institutions.
    Leaders: Andreas Kannen (HZG Geesthacht)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2004
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 06.2004 - 04.2010
  • CCMS: Challenges of Modernity for Environmental Sciences - Use of Landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment
    The purpose and scope of this landscape sciences pilot study is to establish a working group representative of NATO Member and Partner nations to exchange information about landscape science approaches useful for environmental assessment and to transfer landscape assessment technologies among the study group participants for use in environmental protection and preservation programs. Both land use and land cover characterization and the use of landscape indicators will be demonstrated for environmental assessment. Multiple geographic areas in Europe and the continental United States have been selected for this demonstration study. The pilot study will explore the possibility of quantifying and assessing environmental condition, processes of land degradation, and subsequent impacts on natural and human resources (including security) by combining the advanced technologies of remote sensing, geographic information systems, spatial statistics, and process models with landscape ecology theory.
    Leaders: Felix Müller (CAU Kiel)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2002
    Sponsors: NATO CCMS
    Lifespan: 01.2002 - 12.2016
  • RENMAN - The challenge of modernity for reindeer management: integration and sustainable development in Europe's sub-arctic and boreal regions
    RENMAN (RENtier MANagement) will develop new tools and models of participatory research and planning in reindeer management that will facilitate integrated and sustainable use of living resources in sub-arctic/boreal Europe. RENMAN is a direct result of the participation of key partners in the project 'Human Environmental Interactions' in the European Union Concerted Action ARTERI, and the IASC workshop on the 'Human Role in Reindeer Systems'. The project involves rural stakeholders, via local workshops and interviews, in the process of research on topics they have helped to prioritize. The analyses will focus on human interactions (in particular indigenous vs. scientific perceptions of management and the transfer of expertise from the EU to Russian systems), the quality and hygienic status of summer pastures, soils and surface waters, and the implications for animal and human health. The findings will provide better cultural and scientific bases for EU policy implementation.
    Leaders: Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2001
    Sponsors: 5th framework programm of the EU
    Lifespan: 03.2001 - 02.2004