Center for Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR)

Integrated biophysical modeling group assessing landscape ecosystems and their services with special emphasis on sustainability and resilience of  the global agriculture-, forest- and low carbon-energy sectors.

Biophysical modeling is the simulation of biological systems using mathematical formalizations of the physical properties of the systems. Such models are used to predict and project the influence of biological and physical factors on complex systems and form the basis for any detailed spatially explicit and integrated land use modeling at all scales. Forest and agricultural ecosystems represent a large majority of global land use and hence need particular attention by science which traditionally has been addressed by IIASA’s Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM). Over more than a decade, three back-bone models have been developed: a biophysical Global Forestry Model (G4M), a process-based global agricultural model (EPIC), and a techno-economic engineering model for the assessment of renewable energy systems (BeWhere) which is relying to a large extent on information provided by the other two models. ESM’s Center of Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR) is developing and applying this suit of models in a stand-alone or linked cluster to improve risk-resilient and sustainable management of land-based ecosystems by generating impact through policy-relevant research at multiple geographic scales. The center focuses on land-use by forestry, agriculture, the renewable energy sector and the management of other natural ecosystems at landscape level while expanding the Food-Water-Energy Nexus into the urban space.


The Center for Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR) BeWhere group aims to strengthen various aspects of the role played by the ESM research program in the climate and land use change-relevant community. More

Forest Ecology and Management (FOR) Group

The FOR research group deals with comprehensive biophysical modeling of forest dynamics and forest ecosystem services in the changing world at different temporal and spatial scale.  More

Agro-Environmental Systems (AES) Group

The AES research group seeks to improve our bio-geophysical understanding of the functioning of Agri-Environmental Systems. More

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Florian Kraxner

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Juraj Balkovic

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Ecosystems Services and Management

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Dmitry Shchepashchenko

Senior Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Sylvain Leduc

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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