Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF) des UFZ in Bad Lauchstädt im Frühjahr 2014. Foto: André Künzelmann/UFZ

GCEF - Global Change Experimental Facility

Pilot field plot / Photo: UFZ Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF)

The GCEF is a field experiment located in Bad Lauchstädt, which allows the investigation of the effects of future climatic conditions on ecosystem processes under different land use scenarios. Especially higher temperatures and altered precipitation pattern in Central Germany are simulated on five different land use types. The facility is equipped with 50 plots having a size of 16 m x 24 m. The long-term experiment started in 2014 and is planned to be conducted for at least 15 years.

Services / Experiments:

  • Investigation of the effects of climatic change in different land use scenarios
  • Simulation of future climate scenario
  • Experiments to assess the effects of climate change on ecosystem functions


Dr. Martin Schädler

Department of Community Ecology

Phone +49 345 558-5307