Participation and Contribution to
UFZ Core Subject Projects


Current Projects

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A MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded under H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 

Euro-FLOW is a European training and research network of universities, research institutes and partners from practice and economy. By means of experiments, regional monitoring strategies and innovative modelling approaches the multidisciplinary project gains new knowledge for river basin management (especially regarding environmental flow). EUROFLOW will train a cohort of researchers to be future leaders in the science, business and policy of this field.

CROSSLINK is a research project aiming at improved understanding of aquatic-terrestrial and longitudinal linkages in stream networks. These linkages are essential for sustaining biodiversity and key ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling, flood mitigation, and freshwater provision. However, human activities such as agriculture and hydropower generation frequently degrade these coupled ecosystems. Therefore, the results of CROSSLINK will be used to optimize management of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and multiple human uses at the land-water interface.

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 is a BiodivERsA project that investigates the effects of varying land use options on food production, biodiversity and ecosystem services in different European landscapes.


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 is a European research project which aims to bridge the gap between ecosystem science and practice. The project has 27 partners from academic institutions, consultancies and SMEs across Europe. The OPERAs team comprises scientists, researchers and practitioners from many disciplines, working together to establish what constitutes good governance of ecosystems.

The project is focused on ecosystem services and natural capital science and on enabling stakeholders to apply these concepts in practice. OPERAs will continue to work very closely with stakeholders throughout the project, to ensure that we are producing valuable, cutting edge Ecosystem Science for Policy & Practice.


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“.


Completed Externally Funded Projects

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)