Land Use and Ecosystem Change Summer School

19.08 - 26.08.2020  
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The Land Use and Ecosystem Change Summer School will be held from 19-26 August 2020 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Campus Alpin
Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School on the topic of land use and ecosystem change during August 2020 at the KIT-Campus Alpin, IMK-IFU (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change, in particular:

1. Both the biophysical and human processes and concepts needed to understand the broader issues of socio-ecological systems. This includes ecosystem functioning, biodiversity, ecosystem services, resilience, vulnerability, risk management, tipping-points, sustainability and related concepts in the field. We will also explore current understanding of how physical and human environmental changes affect socio-ecological systems, including content on international assessment processes such as the IPCC and IPBES.

2. Different aspects of land use change processes across geographic scales and for the past, present and future drivers of change. This will include, for example, land abandonment, extensification vs. intensification, deforestation, the role of social networks and knowledge diffusion, the role of pollinators and land management. There will be a focus on land use change assessment methods, including the role of observational data (e.g. from remote sensing and other sources) and land use modelling approaches using interactive exercises and case studies.


The summer school will include a mix of lectures, practical exercises with student presentations and a field excursion. Participation is limited to a max. of 35 students. The cost for travel and accommodation is the student’s own responsibility; KIT will cover lunches, materials and the field excursion.

Lecturers (KIT): Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth, Prof. Dr. Mark Rounsevell, Dr. Richard Fuchs, Dr. Sam Rabin, Dr. Heera Lee, Dr. David Martin Belda, Dr. Calum Brown, Karina Winkler, Dr. Penelope Whitehorn, Dr. Anita Bayer, Dr. Bumsuk Seo.


Application deadline is 31 March 2020.

Please send, in a single file, your CV and a letter of motivation (limited to one page), signed by your supervisor, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2020.


19.08.2020: 9AM Introduction Past & present land use change Practical on drivers & processes of land use change

20.08.2020 Observational data of land use change Practical on observational land use change data

21.08.2020 Land use change modelling Practical on land use change modelling services

22.08.2020 Field trip to local farms

24.08.2020 a) Ecosystems & land use change b) Ecosystem functioning & ecosystem services

25.08.2020 Species & biodiversity Practical on landscape scale analyses of species and biodiversity

26.08.2020 Socio-ecological systems Practical on people, biodiversity & ecosystem

Wrap-up and close (5PM)

Further information

This summer school contributes to the Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Analysis & Integrated Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES) project of Future Earth.

Go to the official Summer School website: