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Research at the Institute for Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology

Research at the Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology is focusing on diverse application-oriented spatial problems in national and international projects and co-operations. Thematic key areas are landscape ecology, soil erosion studies, human-environmental relations, ecosystem services and the analysis of land use change by using modern methods such as GIS, remote sensing, modeling and visualization.

Interdisciplinary priority programmes

We are active member of the following interdisciplinary research programmes of the Leibniz Universität Hanover.

  • Leibniz research initiative FI:GEO

 

 

 

 

International networks

Recent research projects

ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking)

Bild zum Projekt ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking)

Supervisor:

Benjamin Burkhard (project coordinator)

Researcher:

Sabine Bicking, Ina Sieber, Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp

Duration:

02.2015 - 07.2018

Funded by:

EU Horizon 2020

Brief description:

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.

 

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Feasibility study on the integration of status information of forest ecosystems and their ecosystem services (matrix approach)

Bild zum Projekt Machbarkeitsstudie zur Verknüpfung von Zustandsinformationen zu Waldökosystemen und deren Bereitstellung von Ökosystemleistungen (Matrixansatz)

Supervisor:

Winfried Schröder (Universität Vechta)

Researcher:

Claudia Dworczyk, Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

08.2016 - 06.2017

Funded by:

German Umweltbundesamt (UBA

Brief description:

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.

 

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ÖSKKIP – Ecosystem services (ES) of urban areas – mapping, communicating and integrating ES in planning policies to protect biodiversity in face of climate change

Bild zum Projekt ÖSKKIP - Ökosystemleistungen von Stadtregionen -Kartieren, Kommunizieren und Integrieren in die Planung zum Schutz der biologischen Vielfalt im Klimawandel

Supervisor:

Sonja Deppisch (Hafen Universität Hamburg)

Researcher:

Claudia Dworczyk, Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

03.2017 - 03.2021

Funded by:

BMBF/BMU/BfN research project to implement the German National Strategy on Biological Diversity

Brief description:

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.

 

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Long-term soil erosion monitoring in Lower Saxony, Germany

Bild zum Projekt Bodenerosionsdauerbeobachtung Niedersachsen

Supervisor:

Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp

Duration:

since 2000

Funded by:

Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie Niedersachsen (LBEG)

Brief description:

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.

 

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Soil erosion monitoring in Baden-Wurttemberg

 

Supervisor:

Bastian Steinhoff-Knopp

Duration:

since 2011

Funded by:

Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg (LUBW)

Brief description:

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.

 

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Identifying regions with a risk of heavy rain events in Hesse for planning disaster prevention procedures at a state and municipal level

 

Supervisor:

Gerald Kuhnt

Researcher:

Jennifer Peußner

Duration:

10.2015 - 09.2019

Funded by:

Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG)

Brief description:

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.

 

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Completed research projects

Ecosystem based information system for Bulgarian mountains

Bild zum Projekt Ecosystem based information system for Bulgarian mountains

Supervisor:

Miglena Zhiyanski (Bulgarian academy of sciences)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

01.2014 - 12.2015

Funded by:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

 

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Development and implementation of a template that can assess the potential for unsealing areas in the city of Hannover

 

Supervisor:

Gerald Kuhnt

Researcher:

Anna Scotti

Duration:

2013 - 2015

Funded by:

Landeshauptstadt Hannover

 

 

Investigating the implementation and valorization of the core zones concept in German biosphere reserves

 

Supervisor:

Werner Konold (Universität Freiburg)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

07.2013 - 06.2015

Funded by:

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Brief description:

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.

 

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Designing a concept for the cumulative assessment of anthropogenic stress

Bild zum Projekt Entwicklung eines Konzeptes zur kumulativen Bewertung anthropogener Belastungen

Supervisor:

Claus-Dieter Dürselen (AquaEcology GmbH)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

08.2012 - 02.2014

Funded by:

UBA UFOPLAN

 

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LEGATO - Land-use intensity and Ecological EnGineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems

Bild zum Projekt LEGATO - Land-use intensity and Ecological EnGineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems

Supervisor:

Josef Settele (UFZ Leipzig)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

03.2011 - 10.2016

Funded by:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Brief description:

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.

 

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Establishing indicators for evaluating and managing natural heritage sites of the DBU

Bild zum Projekt Entwicklung von Indikatoren für die Evaluierung und das Management der Naturerbeflächen der DBU

Supervisor:

Stefan Klotz (UFZ Halle)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

04.2011 - 12.2012

Funded by:

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) (German Federal Environmental Foundation)

 

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EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring

Bild zum Projekt EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring

Supervisor:

Alessandra Pugnetti (Institute of Marine Sciences Venice, Italy)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

01.2010 - 12.2013

Funded by:

EU LIFE

Brief description:

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.

 

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Mapping potential soil erosion in the Canton Basel-Landschaft (Switzerland)

 

Supervisor:

Thomas Mosimann

Researcher:

Jan Bug

Duration:

2009 - 2010

Funded by:

Canton Basel-Landschaft

Brief description:

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.

 

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EcoChange - Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems under Global Change

Bild zum Projekt EcoChange - Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems under Global Change

Supervisor:

Nicola Fohrer (CAU Kiel)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

01.2009 - 12.2011

Funded by:

Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion, DFG/NSFC

Brief description:

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.

 

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Trace elements in seepage water (leachate)

 

Supervisor:

Gerald Kuhnt

Researcher:

Levke Godbersen

Duration:

2007 - 2010

Funded by:

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

 

 

CLMIRF - Changing landscape management in rural Finland

Bild zum Projekt CLMIRF - Changing landscape management in rural Finland

Supervisor:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

01.2007 - 12.2010

Funded by:

DAAD und Finnische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Brief description:

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.

 

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Modeling forest soil properties in the canton Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland

Bild zum Projekt Modellierung von Waldbodeneigenschaften im Kanton Basel-Landschaft

Supervisor:

Thomas Mosimann

Researcher:

Philipp Herbst

Duration:

2006 - 2010

Funded by:

Canton Basel-Landschaft

Brief description:

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.

 

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Zukunft Küste - Coastal Futures

Bild zum Projekt Zukunft Küste - Coastal Futures

Supervisor:

Andreas Kannen (HZG Geesthacht)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

06.2004 - 04.2010

Funded by:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Brief description:

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.

 

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CCMS: Challenges of Modernity for Environmental Sciences - Use of Landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment

Bild zum Projekt CCMS: Challenges of Modernity for Environmental Sciences - Use of Landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment

Supervisor:

Felix Müller (CAU Kiel)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

01.2002 - 12.2016

Funded by:

NATO CCMS

Brief description:

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.

 

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RENMAN - The challenge of modernity for reindeer management: integration and sustainable development in Europe's sub-arctic and boreal regions

Bild zum Projekt RENMAN - The challenge of modernity for reindeer management: integration and sustainable development in Europe's sub-arctic and boreal regions

Supervisor:

Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)

Researcher:

Benjamin Burkhard

Duration:

03.2001 - 02.2004

Funded by:

5th framework programm of the EU

Brief description:

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.

 

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