Global Change

Global Change in mountain areas

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  • Project duration: December 2017 - December 2024
  • Project status:
    Approval by the Scientific Committee
  • Funding:
    Internal funding EURAC (Project)

Around the world, mountain regions are affected especially strongly by global change; this is also true for the Alps. The consequences of globalization and the accompanying structural and economic development, as well as climate change, will be highly dynamic processes in the natural and cultural space of the whole Alpine region in the following decades which will affect land cover as well as structure and functioning of ecosystems and the landscape. This research project aims to analyze important aspects of ecological transformations and their drivers in mountain areas. Thereby, we will focus on landscape change and coupled ecosystem functions and processes such as biodiversity modifications, bio-chemical cycles or water balance induced by human management and climate change. The research approach combines field studies with remote sensing and simulation models.

Publications
Ecotrons: Powerful and versatile ecosystem analysers for ecology, agronomy and environmental science
Roy J, Rineau F, De Boeck HJ, Nijs I, Pütz T, Abiven S, Arnone JA, III, Barton CVM, Beenaerts N, Brüggemann N, Dainese M, Domisch T, Eisenhauer N, Garré S, Gebler A, Ghirardo A, Jasoni RL, Kowalchuk G, Landais D, Larsen SH, Leemans V, Le Galliard J‐F, Longdoz B, Massol F, Mikkelsen TN, Niedrist G, Piel C, Ravel O, Sauze J, Schmidt A, Schnitzler J‐P, Teixeira LH, Tjoelker MG, Weisser WW, Winkler B, Milcu A (2020)
Journal article
Global Change Biology

More information: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gcb.15471

https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15471

Comparing sap flow of European larch with evergreen conifers at different elevations in an inner-alpine dry valley
Obojes N, Tasser E, Newesely C, Mayr S, Tappeiner U (2020)
Journal article
Acta Horticulturae

More information: https://www.ishs.org/ishs-article/1300_15

https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1300.15

Species richness and beta diversity patterns of multiple taxa along an elevational gradient in pastured grasslands in the European Alps
Fontana V, Guariento E, Hilpold A, Niedrist G, Steinwandter M, Spitale D, Nascimbene J, Tappeiner U, Seeber J (2020)
Journal article
Scientific Reports

More information: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-69569-9

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69569

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/15089

Drought- and heat-induced shifts in vegetation composition impact biomass production and water use of Alpine grasslands
Tello-García E, Huber L, Leitinger G, Peters A, Newesely C, Ringler ME, Tasser E (2020)
Journal article
Environmental and Experimental Botany

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.103921

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/14704

A simple biodiversity assessment scheme supporting nature-friendly farm management
Tasser E, Rüdisser J, Plaikner M, Stöckli S, Wezel A, Dubbert M, Moos V, Nitsch H, Vincent A, Bogner D (2019)
Journal article
Ecological Indicators

More information: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X1 ...

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105649

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/14705

Phytoavailable phosphorus (P2O5) and potassium (K2O) in topsoil for apple orchards and vineyards, South Tyrol, Italy
Della Chiesa S, Genova G, la Cecilia D, Niedrist G (2019)
Journal article
Journal of Maps

More information: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17445647.2019.1 ...

https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2019.1633962

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/11211

Change from agricultural to touristic use: Effects on the aesthetic value of landscapes over the last 150 years
Schirpke U, Altzinger A, Leitinger G, Tasser E (2019)
Journal article
Landscape and Urban Planning

More information: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016920461 ...

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.03.004

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/11229

Community specific hydraulic conductance potential of soil water decomposed for two Alpine grasslands by small-scale lysimetry
Frenck, G, Leitinger, G, Obojes, N, Hofmann M, Newesely C, Deutschmann M, Tappeiner U, Tasser E (2018)
Journal article
Biogeosciences

https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1065-2018

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/6479

Partner
Umweltbüro gmbh
Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol, Abteilung Forstwirtschaft
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Landscape Development, Spatial and Infrastructure Sciences, Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol, Abteilung Hochbau und technischer Dienst, Amt für Geologie und Baustoffprüfung
Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Ecology
University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, Department of Statistics
Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape
High Alps Nature Park Zillertaler Alps
Municipality of Sexten
Technical University Munich (TUM)
Geology Laboratory of the École Normale Supérieure
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Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol

Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol

Duration: December 2018 - November 2021Funding:
Internal funding EURAC (Project)

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