Research for the Environment


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 (see "Ecological Modelling" (doi)) and provide tools for adequate human appropriation of ecosystem goods and services (see "Applied Ecology"(doi)).

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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




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