Agricultural landscapes are ahaped by human activities and are subject to permanent change through the interplay of natural processes, land use and societal developments. Knowledge about the underlying processes of landscape dynamics at all relevant spatial and temporal scales is the prerequisite for sustainable landscape management.
The conference focuses on recent scientific work related to:
I. LANDSCAPE FUNCTIONING with a focus on element cycles and microbiomes including approaches to scale up from individual processes to the landscape scale.
Climate and land use change as well as management practices determine carbon and nitrogen dynamics in agricultural landscapes, which affect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and C and N sequestration. The relevance of soil microbiome properties as relevant regulative forces at the landscape scale is largely unresolved. Modelling approaches at regional to global scales will also greatly benefit from better knowledge about soil microbiology.
The session's focus is on element cycles and microbiomes in agricultural systems from a landscape perspective. The session aims to present state-of-the-art knowledge of the link between C and N dynamics and microbiomes of agricultural landscapes (including land-atmosphere interactions) and identifies research needs in the fields of soil microbiology, soil science, and related disciplines to improve our understanding and modelling of the role of the microbiome on landscape processes.
II. LAND USE AND GOVERNANCE: Sustainable land use practices and appropriate governance systems which secure the provision of food and fibre as well as other ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Sustainable use of agricultural landscapes requires research on land use strategies at the landscape scale that focusses not only on the provision of agricultural commodities, but also on the provision of ecosystem services and biodiversity by means of adapted management and governance approaches. The integration of diverse societal preferences at the landscape scale can reveal and thus help to avoid or minimize land use conflicts.
This session addresses the fundamental questions: a) if and how can agricultural landscapes be managed and governed under economic pressure, and b) which innovations in land management and social systems support the development of multifunctional landscapes?
III. LANDSCAPE SYNTHESIS: Advances in science toward the development of an integrated landscape theory
Landscapes are characterized by tight coupling and feedback loops between numerous abiotic features, biota and man, forming highly complex systems from which unexpected behaviour can emerge. System behaviour rarely becomes evident if single processes in landscapes are studied in isolation. A systems approach is therefore required to effectively study landscape processes from a landscape system perspective.
Such systems perspective requires both practical methods and a theroetical basis for landscape research. This session addresses the following issues related to the development of landscape systems research and theory: Is there evidence for emerging behaviour or fundamental constraints that determine landscape dynamics? How can landscape dynamics be systematically studied? Which pathways for developing a general theory of landscape processes are suggested?
Information on participating / attending:
Regular registration: 400 Euro
ZALF / Conference dinner: 50 Euro
Field trip: 30 Euro
Satellite workshops: 30 Euro
03/12/2018 08:00 - 03/16/2018 19:00
Rudower Chaussee 17
Scientists and scholars
Zoology / agricultural and forest sciences
Types of events:
Conference / symposium / (annual) conference
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URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event59301
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