How to predict future land use and biodiversity change under climatic change at the regional level
Climate change will impact biodiversity directly, through changing climatic conditions at all spatial scales, but also indirectly, through changing patterns of future human land use, globally, but also locally. The indirect and direct effects of climate change on biodiversity change are important because land use change is already the main driver of current biodiversity loss. Direct climate change effects can be modelled based on species responses to changed climatic conditions and a change in habitat conditions, i.e. purely ecological considerations. In contrast, future changes in land use depend on the change in abiotic conditions and also on how humans decide to change their land use under climate change, making the estimation of indirect climate change effects an even larger challenge. Land-use decisions are affected by globalisation and global flow of goods, but for a particular piece of land are made at the local and regional level. Thus, modelling the indirect effect of climate change on biodiversity requires modelling regional land use under climatic change.
This workshop brought together various modelling approaches to understand how regional climate change and land use models can be combined to predict direct and indirect effects of climate change on local biodiversity. The product of this workshop will be a perspective paper outlining the challenges and potential solutions for regional predictions of biodiversity change under climate change.
From February 10th to 11th the members of bayklif met for a retreat to inform themselves about the progress of the projects and to work out new concepts of cooperation together. The interesting lectures stimulated the participants of the meeting to exciting discussions and informed them about many new aspects. Al
This years EAT festival took place on 26th of May 2019 at the Biotopia Museum inside Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. This event presents talks, events and booths regarding the future of food and nutrition to the general public. bayklif was represented with a booth and showcased a quiz on nutrition and climate change.
In order to initiate collaborations between the bayklif projects and the Bavarian state offices, an initial workshop was held on 29th of March 2019 in Weihenstephan. The participants, including the Bavarian State Forests, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, the State Office for Agriculture, the State Office for Viticulture and Horticulture, the State Office for Environment and the bayklif junior and senior research associations, presented themselves and talked about collaborations and data exchange. Many exciting possibilities for cooperation were discussed and will hopefully lead to successful collaborations in the future.
On 10th of December 2018, bayklif presented the research projects funded within the Climate Policy Programme Bavaria 2050 by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts to 140 guests at the bayklif kick-off event at the Museum Mensch und Natur in Munich.
It was a great pleasure for the scientist and the bayklif main office staff to welcome the Bavarian state minister Bern Sibler, who held a very dedicated speech, addressing all members of the research network and guests of the event. The minister talked about his own experiences and impressions from his home in Lower Bavaria during the many floodings in recent years and stressed the importance of the matter. We were equally happy to welcome representatives from many other important Bavarian institutions, with whom we hope to foster a close collaboration. Moreover, we received scientists and employees from nearly all Bavarian universities as well as numerous media representatives. Wir would like to thank all guests for coming and hope to find many partners among the proven climate experts for a good and productive collaboration towards a common goal. Of course, we are also open to collaborations with partners who weren’t able to attend this event. Thanks to Tobias Chmura of the Bayerischer Rundfunk for leading us through the program and to all other people who contributed to the event.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the national academy of the Chinese People’s Republic for mathematics, physics, chemics, bio- and medical sciences, geography, informatics and technical sciences. It is the biggest academy in the whole world with approx. 60,000 scientists.
The last visit of the directors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) one year ago had the aim to improve the scientific exchanges between China and Bavaria. This intercultural cooperation could hereby be etablished. On July 03, 2018 directors and co-directors from different disciplines of formal sciences, humanities and especially natural sciences visited us at the BioSysM building to deepen those relationships.
Focus of that visit was the international sponsorship of sciences, especially between China and Europe, but also on a federal level. Dr. Saskia Graf of the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) referred on that topic and answered many questions on it. BayFOR especially advises scientists to competitions on european research fields.
The managing director of bayklif, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser, referred about the special advantages of the unique interdisciplinary research funding in Bavaria, through research networks that are funded on state level. Such research networks make it possible to answer complex and specific questions relevant to Bavaria that require consideration across disciplines, e.g. the direct local climate impacts on biodiversity. Furthermore, the successful history of promoting science in Bavaria, also on the basis of the offices advised by bayklif, BayGene, and BioSysNet was discussed. An important focus was to decide which factors make up a good science management and synergetic network.
On 7th of May 2018, the first network meeting of bayklif took place in the BioSysM building in Großhadern. Each project was presented, then there was time to network and get to know each other. It was a harmonious and informative meeting resulting in promising ideas for new cooperations. We are very excited to find out, what the scientists in this network will achieve!