Climate change is now one of the most important threats for biodiversity. Especially in concert with land-use change it presents unprecedented challenges to populations, species, and ecosystems.
Central goal of the MIntBIO project is to improve our understanding of the impacts of climate and land-use change on animal diversity in Bavaria and, based on that, to build realistic projections of biodiversity change.
For this, we will combine distribution data on the bavarian fauna (e.g. birds, butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers) using innovative methods from biogeography and ecology with additional biological and geographical data, in order to develop future scenarios for the diversity of animal life in Bavaria based on an integration across scales, animal groups and methodological disciplines.
The results, e.g. on the potential responses of species to climate change in landscapes that are extensively modified by humans, will be discussed with stakeholders from nature conservation, land-use and politics, to develop sustainable policy options for the preservation of Bavarian biodiversity.
Prof. Dr. Christian Hof
Chair for Global Change Ecology
Faculty for Biology