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Dr. Arnhold is lead author of chapter 5 in IPBES Land Degradation Assessment (3bi)  >>

SWAT-DE Workshop 2017 held at PES, 13-14 January >>

New iDiv working group: sTeleBES - Telecoupled use of biodiversity and ecosystem services >>

ESP Thematic Working Group 11 "Global Ecosystem Services Flows" is online >>



The main goal of the Professorship of Ecological Services (PES) is to establish a research and teaching program to understand the societal relevance of ecosystem services given global change scenarios. For stimulating high practical relevance we embed the research on ecosystem services in “real” decision contexts. Study regions are in Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Tajikistan and Ethiopia.

Research fields Tools
Decision-making Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Regional human-environment systems  
Global trade  
Environmental finance  

The research program does focus on spatial-temporal models of the supply of and demand for  ecosystem services. We want to investigate the complex of human decision-making, resulting land use/cover, biodiversity and ecosystem services given scenarios of climate change, market change and policy development. We investigate this in an interdisciplinary manner at the interface of the environmental system and the human system.

The teaching program shall equip students with knowledge and methods to address complex environmental problems in science and practice from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. The group offers courses mainly for the MSc Global Change Ecology and the MSc Geoecology. These include Ecosystem Services, Economics of Biodiversity, Land Use and Land Cover, Environmental Finance, Research at the Natural and Social Science Interface and Life Cycle Assessment.

The Professorship of Ecological Services is financially supported by the Bavarian Elite Network M.Sc. Graduate Program Global Change Ecology (GCE) and member of the BAYreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BAYCEER).

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