The CliSAP research area "Land Use and Land Cover Change" deals with interactions between human land management and climate. Only about a mere quarter of the land surface remains untouched by direct human influence. The rest is either transformed to agricultural areas or is to some extent managed by humans. This leads to a substantial interference of human with the climate system. Climate change in turn creates the need for adaptation of land use practices to changing environmental and socio-economic conditions.
The first focus lies on the feedbacks between climate and land cover by strengthening the research on the superposition of land management and climate factors, the impacts on forests, and the influence of land use change on the climate system.
The second focus lies on socio-economic activities that affect the patterns of land use over time. The complex relationships of driving factors such as land-use management under changing climatic conditions, international societal development, multiple policy objectives, element and water fluxes will be analyzed to improve modeling of land use effects with special reference to land use change scenarios.