Land Management for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Anthropogenic changes in land cover and land management can significantly impact the climate by releasing carbon into the atmosphere, altering local energy and water fluxes at the land surface, and their interaction with large-scale atmospheric dynamics. The consideration of coupled land-climate impacts is therefore of great importance for future climate protection and adaptation measures. However, the coupled nature of these effects as a whole has so far only been considered to a limited extent in land use decisionmaking. This is not only due to uncertainties about the full impact of changes in land use on climate and ecosystem services, but also to a lack of dialogue between science and practice. The objective of the LAMACLIMA project is to further develop the scientific understanding of coupled landclimate effects, to engage in dialogue with relevant social actors, and to jointly develop sustainable landbased adaptation and mitigation measures. For this purpose, we will design new land management scenarios to complement the existing Shared Socio-Economic Pathways (SSPs). At the same time, we will show the potential of land management to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land). In addition, we will examine the impact of future land management changes on labor productivity, water availability and food security, and integrate these results into land-use allocation and economic models.


Sep 01, 2019 until Jun 30, 2023

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Alexander Popp