Querschnittsthemen
- Nischenevolution
- Multiple Stressoren
- Biotische Interaktionen

Fokusökosysteme:
- Savannen
- Schelfökosysteme
- Wälder gemäßigter Zonen

Cross-cutting theme Multiple Stressors

Stress is the driving force for the evolution of life. Besides climate change, land-use changes, use of agricultural chemicals and frequent extreme weather events will likely result in soil erosion and hence in amplified runoff and distribution of pesticides. Long-term Earth surface processes affect entire ecosystems and modulate such short-term perturbations.
The extent of future ecosystem change strongly depends on how species and biodiversity respond to biotic/abiotic stressors and on their potential to adapt to a changing environment. However, information about biological and climatic feedbacks and adaptive potential of species and communities to multiple stressors through time is scarce although indispensable to quantify changes and estimate consequences for ecosystem services under greenhouse-forcing conditions.
The cross-cutting theme looks at prospective ecosystem stress responses on short and long time scales and adaptive potential of species and communities to multiple stressors through experimental, monitoring, statistical, and modelling approaches. The goal is to provide reliable reconstructions of feedbacks between climate and biodiversity change and generate projections of future environmental developments including recommendations to stakeholders.

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