Modelling human LAND surface Modifications and its feedbacks on local and regional cliMATE

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The research on direct biophysical effects of human land surface modifications through land and water use on climate is of high importance for regional climate adaptation and mitigation policies. The direct biophysical effects on the local and regional climate can exceed those associated with global greenhouse gas forcing, but they are still uncertain in magnitude and sign (Noblet-Ducoudré et al., 2012). There is an urgent need for robust information, which may support effective land use practices and also help guard decisions on land management from unintended consequences.

Aims and objectives

The overall objectives of this project are to

  • Better represent dynamic land use characteristics in a regional climate model
  • Include land management practices into a regional climate model
  • Quantify biophysical impacts of land use dynamics on regional climate variability and change in Europe in the frame of WCRP CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study LUCAS

Project staff

Principal Investigators
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Böhner, Universität Hamburg
Dr. Diana Rechid, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Contributing Researcher
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Dr. Peter Hoffmann, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

PhD students
Christina Asmus, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Vanessa Reinhart, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)