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Climate Change and Biodiversity: Development of a Set of Indicators

Climate change leads to partly far-reaching impacts on biodiversity. Among these are direct impacts such as shifts in distribution areas or breeding seasons of species but also indirect impacts mainly resulting from measures of climate mitigation and adaption (e.g. extensive development of renewable energies).

Aim of this project is the development of a set of indicators which are suitable for monitoring direct and indirect impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Germany and above this which may serve as a basis for political decisions in nature conservation.

The project comprises the following steps:

  1. identification and description of current state of research concerning impacts of climate change on biodiversity
  2. analysis of existing indicators on national and international level
  3. development of an indicator set
  4. operationalization of selected indicators

The project is conducted in collaboration with:

  • TU Berlin, Chair of Landscape Planning and Development (Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of agriculture/landscape management (Prof. Dr. Frank Dziock)
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute of Regional Development Planning (Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop)
  • Federation of German Avifaunists (DDA) (Dr. Christoph Sudfeldt)

Within this project the Chair of Landscape Planning and Development (Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland) is lead-partner.

Funding: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Duration: 09/2011 - 07/2014
Project leader on behalf of Chair of Ecosystem Sciences / Plant Ecology: Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik
Person in charge on behalf of Chair of Ecosystem Sciences / Plant Ecology: Dr. Robert Bartz

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