Research projects

On-going projects

Forest gardens as long-term, multifunctional land use in urban areas

Forest gardens as long-term, multifunctional land use in urban areas

Testing and development project (preliminary investigation), 7/2018 -12/2019, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

The big kapok tree in the botanical garden of Zanzibar

NAKOPA II

Sustainable neighborhood development to improve municipal services in Kikwajuni and Kilimani, Zanzibar (BMZ/global commitment)

ExTrass

ExTrass

ExTrass aims to measurably strengthen the resilience of large and medium-sized cities to heat and heavy rain and to make better use of transfer potentials between cities.

DFG Research Training Group NatRiskChange

DFG Research Training Group NatRiskChange

Within the DFG Research Training Group NatRiskChange, we focus on the risk stemming from GLOFs in the Himalaya

ECOPOTENTIAL: improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

ECOPOTENTIAL: improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

ECOPOTENTIAL focuses on a targeted set of internationally recognised Protected Areas, blending Earth Observations from remote sensing and field measurements, data analysis and modelling ...

Assessing the role of urban farming & forestry as an adaptation strategy to climate change

Assessing the role of urban farming & forestry as an adaptation strategy to climate change

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Yvonne Nti conducts research on climate adaptation through urban agriculture and forestry in her homeland, Ghana.

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Completed Projects

OPERAs: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (FP7, 2012-2017)

OPERAs: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (FP7, 2012-2017)

OPERAs investigates whether, how and under what conditions the ES/NC concepts can move beyond the academic domain towards practical implementation in support of sustainable ecosystem management.

EcoHyD@Negev (LTER H2020 Transnational Access) (2016)

We tested the impact of soil and topographic qualities on soil moisture and biomass production in the arid environment of the Har HaNegev, Israel. We calibrate and validate the model EcoHyd.

COSMOSfullWaterBalance (LTER H2020 Transnational Access (2016)

Aim of this project was to estimate a full water balance using the non-invasive soil moisture measurement (cosmic ray) and observation on plant phenology based on hyperspectral remote sensing data.

ASA-kommunal/Zanzibar (2016)

In cooperation with the state capital Potsdam, surveys were conducted on the planning process in the Gartenstadt Drewitz (as a basis for sustainable neighbourhood development in Zanzibar).

Wind power in the forest (2014)

With the support of the Landesjagdverband Brandenburg, several final theses on "Wind power in the forest" have been written since 2014.

GEOSimulator (2013-2014)

Problem-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching project for the master's courses in geo-ecology and geosciences.

REgional Policies Towards GREEN Buildings, INTERREG IVC

A.S.A.P (2006 - 2007)

A.S.A.P - Efficient Administrative Structures as a Prerequisite for Successful Economic and Social Development of Rural Areas in Demographic Transition

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