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EcoChange briefing sheets provide updated information on the project’s activities.

SET 1 Briefing Sheets:

The first set of briefing sheets informs about the objectives, approaches and expected results of the main activities within the EcoChange project.

Activity 1: Assembling available data and complementary sampling (pdf)

Activity 2: New DNA-based paleo data (pdf)

Activity 3: New DNA-based dispersion data (pdf)

Activity 4: Niche and community stability (pdf)

Activity 5: Improved modelling and uncertainty assessment (pdf)

Activity 6: Integration, projections, conservation and ecosystem services (pdf)

 

Further Briefing Sheets:

Following briefing sheets will concentrate on special topics within the activities and will be issued on an irregular basis.

Integrated Sustainability Assessment - Deriving at conclusions for people (pdf):

The EcoChange project is built around a number of activities that aim at improving models in order to get better projections of biodiversity and ecosystem changes. In order to derive at conclusion on the consequences for human life, the outcomes of the modelling work are directly linked to an “Integrated Sustainability Assessment” (short ISA) – a process that supports a transition towards sustainable development. Within EcoChange, the process is implemented in three case study regions in Belgium, Romania and Switzerland.

Integrated Sustainability Assessment - Final results (pdf):

The EcoChange project analysed how human life might be impacted due to changes in biodiversity and land use. Besides modelling these potential impacts, EcoChange implemented regional participatory processes in 3 case study areas.

Integrated Sustainability Assessment - Case Study Switzerland (German language, pdf):

Die landwirtschaftliche Nutzung im Kanton Aargau könnte sich bis 2050 stark zugunsten des Ackerlandes verschieben. Dies zeigen erste Ergebnisse des Projekts EcoChange, in dem die Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt WSL, das Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) und die University of Edinburgh verschiedene Szenarien der landwirtschaftlichen Nutzung im Aargau überprüft haben. Das EU-Projekt untersucht in drei Fallstudien in der Schweiz, Belgien und Rumänien mögliche Entwicklungen bis 2050 und analysiert, wie sich die Ökosysteme verändern könnten und was dies für die Menschen in der Region bedeutet.

Land Cover and Land Use Data - Results from Activity 1 (pdf):

Land use and land cover data are important for our understanding of how environmental systems function, and their assessment of change over time is crucial for making informed statements and projections of global change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems. This Briefing Sheet presents two aspects of the work within Activity 1 of EcoChange in regard to land cover and land use data: (1) The updating and reconstruction of land cover data; and (2) the downscaling and extension of land use change scenarios.

Plants´ life conditions in topographic rich mountain terrains Results from Activity 4 (pdf)

This Briefing Sheet describes the results from investigations on the thermal living conditions of plants in topographically rich mountain terrain. The results suggest that topographically rich mountain terrain is, for the majority of species, a much ´safer´place to live under conditions of climate change than flat terrain, as a wide range of micro-habitats is available within a short distance. Moreover, it can be concluded that modelling the responses of plants to climate change in alpine regions should not be based solely on elevation data

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