Summary & Objectives

by Almut ArnethLUC4C will advance our fundamental knowledge of the climate change - land use change interactions, and develop a framework for the synthesis of complex earth system science into guidelines that are of practical use for policy and societal stakeholders.

Our aim is to identify the beneficial and detrimental aspects of alternative land use options. To do so, we work on improving and evaluating a suite of modelling approaches at different levels of integration and complexity.

In particular, LUC4C aims to:

1. enhance our ability to understand the societal and environmental drivers of land use and land cover change (LUC) relevant to climate change;

2. assess regional and global effects of different mitigation policies and adaptation measures within alternative socio-economic contexts;

3. quantify how the LUC-climate change interplay affects regional vs. global, and biophysical vs. biogeochemical ecosystem-atmosphere exchange, and how the relative magnitude of these interactions varies through time;

4. advance our ability to represent LUC in climate models;

5. assess LUC-climate effects on multiple land ecosystem services and analyse these in relation to other societal needs that provide either a synergy or trade-off to climate mitigation and adaptation.