Department für Geographie





Three quarters of the ice-free land surface are managed by humans. This has severe consequences on climate: local climate can be altered by several degrees Celsius just by the way the land is managed, and about 6 billion tons of CO2 are emitted each year from land use change, in particular from tropical deforestation. Pressure on land will rise, as growing population and affluence increases demand for food and fibre, but also because many scenarios compatible with the Paris Agreement's goals require massive deployment of land-based carbon dioxide removal through, e.g., afforestation or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

The goal of our research is to deepen our understanding of how land use activities have contributed to climate change and what their potential is to help communities adapt to climate change and to mitigate global warming. We particularly focus on providing a comprehensive view of local, regional, and global scales, where ideally win-win situations for local and global climate effects can be found. We also focus on providing a comprehensive view in terms of processes, by considering greenhouse gas consequences of land use activities together with their biogeophysical effects (changes in momentum, water and energy fluxes); typically, so far, only the greenhouse has budget is considered by policy. We investigate various types of land use and land management, often in comparative form, in particular deforestation, re/afforestation, degradation, forest management, BECCS, and irrigation. Our main tools are various types of vegetation and climate models, integrated with Earth observations.


Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie und Landnutzungssysteme

Letzte Aktualisierung: 20.01.2021 12:57 Uhr

Sie finden hier eine Liste der Projekte, die von unserem Lehrstuhl in den letzten Jahren durchgeführt wurden bzw. derzeit realisiert werden. Ein Gesamtübersicht aller Forschungsprojekte des Departments finden Sie unter Forschung > Projekte.

Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6)
Fachgebiet(e): Klimatologie, Modellierung
Projektleitung: Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 12/2025
Fachgebiet(e): Geländemessungen, Klimatologie, Modellierung
Projektleitung: Ganzenmüller, R.G., Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 08/2025
High-resolution monitoring of avoided carbon emissions and carbon restoration potentials from land use change
Fachgebiet(e): Fernerkundung, Klimatologie, Modellierung
Projektleitung: Bultan, S., Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 05/2021
Earth system and vegetation modeling
Fachgebiet(e): Modellierung
Projektleitung: Loughran, T., Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 12/2025
Human-Earth system coupling
Fachgebiet(e): Modellierung
Projektleitung: Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 12/2025
Fachgebiet(e): Klimatologie, Landschaftsökologie, Modellierung
Projektleitung: Guo, S., Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 09/2019 - 08/2022
Global Carbon Project
Fachgebiet(e): Klimatologie, Modellierung, Vegetationsgeographie
Projektleitung: Pongratz, J.
Laufzeit: 04/2018 - 01/2025