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Spatial and temporal scales of terrestrial processes and patterns

Current landscape patterns have been evolving over long time spans, and have been influenced by humans for millennia.

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We aim at unravelling landscape and ecosystem development and dynamics, focusing on the interaction between biotic, abiotic and human induced processes over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Our approaches include the reconstruction of past environments using molecular and palaeoecological evidence, and also scaling mechanisms, such as the up-scaling of fine-scale processes that lead to emergent patterns in ecosystems on broader spatial scales.

  • What was the effect of the arrival of humans into landscapes?
  • How resilient are ecosystems to abrupt climatic and anthropogenic change?
  • How can geo-ecological processes be rescaled so that new patterns and processes become evident?
  • How do landscape, ecosystem, and biodiversity patterns develop and change across space and through time?