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Head: PD Dr. Matthias Bürgi       

Landscapes change over time, shaped by natural processes, such as erosion and succession, and anthropogenic influences, such as agricultural or forestry activity, construction activity - in short: land use. Our research unit investigates this interplay of ecological and anthropogenic influences and its impact on landscape development.

The landscape level shows how sustainably society deals with natural resources - we use this for comprehensive analyses.

Our research and development activities are aimed at the national and international research community. It is equally important to us to carry out relevant research for the general public and to support public administration in fulfilling its tasks.

  

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Energy and landscape

The Federal Government's Energy Strategy 2050 envisages the phasing-out of nuclear power and increased use of renewable energies. We identify possible...

Urban Development: Making Economical Use of the Land

The configuration and spread of villages and cities affect biodiversity and people's quality of life. We analyse settlement development and its...

Landscape Ecology

Species and ecosystems are influenced by spatial patterns. We study the interactions and influence of landscape change.

Land Use

Land use affects ecosystems and their services. We study how land use changes and develop scenarios for the future.

Landscape Development and Monitoring

We use monitoring programmes to document and quantify how our landscapes change.

Species diversity

We research the diversity of plants and animals, especially in the forests and mountains, and examine the factors that affect species composition.

 

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