19 March 2014 - 21 March 2014

Global Land Project meeting

Seven researchers from the Ecosystem Services and Management program (ESM) will present their work at the second Global Land Project (GLP) Open Science Meeting in Berlin



The Global Land Project (GLP) is a joint research project for land systems for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Program (IHDP). The project’s second meeting will bring together 570 scientists from all over the world under the conference slogan “Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities.”

In recent years, remote sensing and land use modeling technology have advanced greatly. Scientists in IIASA’s Ecosystems Services and Management program work in both the “supply side” (e.g. exploration of novel sources of data such as crowdsourcing) and the “demand side” (e.g. modeling future land use and implications for food supply and climate)  of these new technologies. 

Tropical Deforestation & Forest Degradation

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has put in place broad safeguards for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) which include a request to ”enhance other social and environmental benefits.” It is against this backdrop that Michael Obersteiner, on behalf of the IIASA REDD+ Policy Assessment Center (REDD-PAC) team, along with project partners from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the UN Environment Program and World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) will introduce new data and modelling techniques and present case studies from Brazil and the Congo basin in order to facilitate REDD+ planning for multiple benefits. First results of the REDD-PAC project supported by the German International Climate Initiative are very promising, so that its approach will be extended to South-East Asia in the near future. 

In the context of an increasing number of REDD+ projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a team led by Aline Mosnier investigates how REDD+ can not only curb deforestation but also yield co-benefits for biodiversity and rural livelihoods. The team draws on findings from the REDD-PAC project where an integrated model cluster based on the GLOBIOM modelis used to forecast land use in the Congo basin and in Brazil and assess policies that come into being in the framework of REDD+. Session No. 133, Wednesday 19 March, 14:00 - 15:30, Room 0'311

Earth Observation Sciences

The Global Earth Observations team represented by Steffen Fritz and Linda See will present the online application GeoWiki. GeoWiki is a visualization, crowdsourcing and validation tool for improving global land cover and land-use using Google Earth and Bing maps, which draw on recent open access to Landsat archive. Steffen Fritz is facilitating a training session on community and citizen science tools for global land cover mapping, monitoring and validation.  Session No. 65, Thursday 20 March, 15:30 - 17:00, Room 1'304

The fact that “The future is not what it used to be“ gave impetus to Hugo Valin and the ERD-team to find new approaches to validate results of large scale economic models.   They emphasize in particular: (i) the importance of biophysical linkages between systems (ii) the representation of local policies and institutional changes; and (iii) the importance of systems boundaries. Session No. 87b, Thursday 20 March, 15:30 - 17:00, Room 0'311

Renewable Energy

"Can we halt global warming below a rise in temperature of 2°C?" “Yes”, says Florian Kraxner ”,but it requires a major expansion of bioenergy potentially combined with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)” The IIASA researcher will present how this approach might help to reconcile multiple objectives such as bioenergy and food production with zero net deforestation. Session No. 98, Thursday 20 March, 13:30 - 15:00, Room 0'310 

Zooming in on Europe, renewable energy (RE) is not only a cornerstone of the EU’s climate change mitigation policy, but notably for the Alpine region, it is an opportunity to reduce dependence from less sustainable solutions such as energy imports and nuclear power solutions. Frequently, however, RE provision competes with other ecosystem services such as biodiversity. In the light of above, Sabine Fuss from the Mercator Research Institute (MCC) and IIASA will present a spatial optimization model to determine the cost-optimal location of bioenergy plants under sustainability criteria use in the recharge.green projectSession No. 35b, Thursday 20 March, 15:30 - 17:00, Room 0'101

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Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Florian Kraxner

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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