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The ECHO Project

funded by the Deutsche Foschungsgemeinschaft

Droughts, water pollution, floods, land loss, food supply, rising crop prices, renewable energy, biofuels and energy crisis - the news is increasingly filled with environmental issues related to climate change. Two central aspects directly or indirectly related to pressing headlines are the dynamics of land-use change and the role of the hydrological cycle. Extreme vegetation changes often lead to manifold adverse effects on the land and water resources such as land degradation and desertification, increased soil erosion, nutrient depletion, pesticide and nutrient contamination of water resources and changes in runoff regimes. The increasing recognition of the importance of ecohydrological feedback dynamics in understanding the link between the hydrologic cycle and vegetation and land-use change dynamics has enforced the need for future research. In this project, ecohydrological process understanding was obtained through detailed temporal and spatially distributed field sampling in different ecosystems around the globe. An integrated ecohydrological modelling tools at the micro- and meso-scale is under development and will be applied to vegetation dynamics and land-use change scenarios for three different ecosystems in Brandenburg (Germany), Mato Grosso (Brazil) and Seviletta (New Mexico, USA).

This project was a trilateral research consortium in collaboration with scientists from Germany (University of Potsdam, PIK, LUA), the UK (University of Durham) and Brazil (University of Cuiaba, Mato Grosso). It was funded as part of an Emmy Noether Group by the Deutsche Forschungsmeinschaft (DFG) during the time period 2009-2015. Ecohydrological research continues on similar topics at the Chair of Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation, Institute of Ecology, TU Berlin (Prof. Eva Nora Paton).

Please cite this web resource as: ECHO Online Resources (2015) [online], Information on the ECHO Project (Feedbacks between ecological and hydrological systems), University of Potsdam, Germany. Available from: http://uni-potsdam.de/ECHO