Mitwirkung und Beteiligung an UFZ-Kernthemen


Laufende Projekte

ECOPOTENTIAL is a large European-funded H2020 project that focuses its activities on a targeted set of internationally recognised protected areas, blending Earth Observations from remote sensing and field measurements, data analysis and modelling of current and future ecosystem conditions and ecosystem services. ECOPOTENTIAL considers cross-scale geosphere-biosphere interactions at regional to continental scales, addressing long-term and large-scale environmental and ecological challenges.


LEGATO aims to advance long-term sustainable development of irrigated rice fields, against risks arising from multiple aspects of global change. The overall objective is the elaboration and testing of generally applicable principles within the frame of ecological engineering – an emerging discipline, concerned with design, monitoring and construction of ecosystems.

Assessing and governing synergies between food production, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
TALE ist ein BiodivERsA-Projekt, das die Effekte verschiedener Landnutzungsoptionen auf Nahrungsmittelproduktion, Biodiversität und Ökosystemleistungen in unterschiedlichen europäischen Landschaften untersucht.


OpenNESS is an EU FP 7 research project that translates both concepts into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integration into land, water and urban management and decision-making. CLE is coleading the development of new EU level scenarios and one of the 27 case studies (in Central Germany), and contributes to a second case study in the sugarcane belt of southern Brasil.


OPERAs ist ein europäisches Forschungsprojekt, das die Lücke zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis im Bereich der Ökosystemfunktionen und -dienstleistungen schließen soll. Das Projekt besteht aus 27 Partnern aus akademischen Institutionen, Beratungsunternehmen und KMU in ganz Europa. Das Team besteht aus Wissenschaftlern, Forschern und Praktikern aus vielen Disziplinen. Das Projekt baut auf dem Konzept der Ökosystemdienstleistungen und natürlichem Kapital auf, um diese Konzepte in der Praxis anzuwenden.


ESCALATE educates a new generation of young scientists in interdisciplinary ecosystem service research by bringing together an experienced and multidisciplinary team for doctoral education.


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Energy-efficient Delitzsch

Delitzsch: The pathway of a city to energy-efficiency under conditions of population shrinkage.


Scientific Coordination, Moderation and Synthesis of the BMBF-Research Programme „Sustainable Land Management“.


Abgeschlossene Drittmittelprojekte

ABOT - Assessement of water balances and optimization based target setting across EU river basins

ALARM 6. RP ALARM - Assessing Large Scale Environmental Risks with tested Methods

AMLaTUR: Analysis and Management of Landscape Transition in the Urban-Rural Gradient, Ralf Seppelt (Koordination), 2004-2005, DAAD

The BESS young investigators group studied biotic ecosystem services (pollination and biocontrol), the influence of land use and landscape structure

Biodiversity Exploratories - The role of biodiversity in controlling biogeochemical processes under experimental climate change in grassland and forest systems

Conabio - Improving species distribution models of endangered plants in Mexico - The project aims to develop and refine species distribution models for endangered Mexican plant species by integrating remote sensing data and spatial assessments of model uncertainty with the perspective to support conservation management.

CONNECT - Linking biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services: advancing insights in tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service values for improved integrated biodiversity policy.

FlOODMED: Monitoring, forecasting and best practices for flood mitigation and prevention in the CADSES region 

FlOODsite 6. RP FlOODsite - Integrated Flood Risk Analysis and Management Methodologies

FLUMAGIS - Interdisziplinäre Entwicklung von Methoden und Werkzeugen für das Flusseinzugsgebietsmanagement mit Geoinformationssystemen (BMBF, Laufzeit 2002-2005)

GREENVEINS: Vulnerability of Biodiversity in the Agro-ecosystem as influenced by Green-Veining and Land-use Intensity (EU-IP, 2001-2004)

GRIMEX: Verbundvorhaben: Entwicklung eines 3-Zonen-Modells für das Grundwasser- und Infrastrukturmanagement nach extremen Hochwasserergeignissen in urbanen Räumen (3ZM-GRIMEX) - Teilprojekt 3

MoMo - Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) project funded as part of BMBF’s FONA initiative. The main objective of MoMo is the development and implementation of sustainable IWRM strategies in the Kharaa river catchment in Mongolia

NeWater, an integrated project funded by the EU involving 39 partners in Europe, investigates the transition from prevailing regimes of river basin water management worldwide into more adaptive regimes in the future by developing and implementing participative models and tools.

Phylogeny shifts in the climate niche of mammals: evolutionary contraints or adaption potential?

PLUREL was an integrated project funded by the EU involving 33 partners in Europe. We simulated land use change and studied the impact of land use patterns on ecosystem services in rural-urban regions.

POLATE was a short 1 year project, funded by BMBF, with 6 additional partners in Germany, synthesizing the recent state of the art of land use management and its impact to greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem services.

SaLMaR - The project SaLMaR develops integrated land and water resource management (ILWRM) strategies to adapt to impacts of progressive changes in the land use system of reservoirs and catchment areas of their socio-economic development.

SECTOR - Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of TORrefaction is an EU FP 7 research project and is focused on the development of torrefaction-based technologies for the production of solid bioenergy carriers, and on supporting the market introduction of torrefaction-based bioenergy carriers as a commodity renewable solid fuel.
CLE contributes to WP 9, assessing (i) certification schemes concerning environmental sustainability criteria, and (ii) effect of bioenergy production systems on the provision of ecosystem services

SESYNC - Land-Use-BioDiversity-Ecosystem Services-trade-offs - This SESYNC funded project is lead by Ralf Seppelt and Sandra Lavorel and seeks for conceptual and data driven synthesis that acknowledges the multidimensional complexity captured in the label ‘land use’ in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Other involved partners include Peter Verburg, Gretchen Daily and Matt Walpole.

Weiße Elster: Entscheidungshilfen für ein integriertes Flussgebietsmanagement - Konfliktbewertung und Lösungsansätze am Beispiel der Weißen Elster. (BMBF, Laufzeit, 2002-2005)