Research for the Environment

Concepts: Optimization and Scenarios A Review on Ecosystem Services Studies Global Archetypes of Land use Drawing: M. Volk 3rd party funding Ecosystem Service Pollination Staff Press & Media A Dialog on Computational Landscape Ecology

Department Computational Landscape Ecology (CLE)

Our research field is the development of models and tools for the quantification of impacts of land use and land-cover and climate change on selected ecosystem functions. Based on observations, field work, remote sensing information, statistical approaches and simulation models we aim at quantifying feedbacks and relationships between ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Based on the ecosystem service concept, we develop tools for optimum use of land resources on the regional scale for open and agricultural landscapes but also urban and peri-urban regions. Starting from specific questions, modelling and simulation helps deepening our insights into complex environmental feedbacks and provide tools for adequate human appropriation of ecosystem goods and services.

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Head of Department

Prof. Ralf Seppelt

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Computational Landscape Ecology (CLE)
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig - Germany




responsible for:

Nora Eigenwill

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personnel matters
time management
event management

Sandra Winter

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budget management
travel management
conference management


Press & Media

Recent Publications

Beckmann, M., Bruelheide, H., Erfmeier, A., (2014):
Local performance of six clonal alien species differs between native and invasive regions in Germany and New Zealand
Austral Ecol. 39 (4), 378 - 387

Beckmann, M., Václavík, T., Manceur, A.M., Šprtová, L., von Wehrden, H., Welk, E., Cord, A.F., (2014):
glUV: a global UV-B radiation data set for macroecological studies
Methods Ecol. Evol. 5 (4), 372 - 383

Bonumá, N.B., Rossi, C.G., Arnold, J.G., Reichert, J.M., Minella, J.P., Allen, P.M., Volk, M., (2014):
Simulating landscape sediment transport capacity by using a modified SWAT model
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 55 - 66

Brosinsky, A., Lausch, A., Doktor, D., Salbach, C., Merbach, I., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Pause, M., (2014):
Analysis of spectral vegetation signal characteristics as a function of soil moisture conditions using hyperspectral remote sensing
J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 42 (2), 311 - 324

Cerro, I., Antigüedad, I., Srinavasan, R., Sauvage, S., Volk, M., Sanchez-Perez, J.M., (2014):
Simulating land management options to reduce nitrate pollution in an agricultural watershed dominated by an alluvial aquifer
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 67 - 74