Project DRIeR – Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible

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Acronym:
DRIeR
Title:
Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible
Duration:
01/01/2016 to 31/12/2020
Abstract / short description:
With concurrent climate change, the frequency of extreme events will increase. However, the effect of extreme drought has so far been underestimated, and we know little about how drought may affect the functioning of semi-natural ecosystems. In addition, it is not clear how land management may affect the resistance of resilience of ecosystems to drought. Here, we apply a combined experimental and modeling approach to studying both resistance and resilience of grasslands and forests in South-West Germany to drought. Field experiments design to run for at least 5 years manipulate rainfall, natural drought and management and models are developed that will be coupled to hydrological models developed by our collaborators in the overall DRIER-project. Our goal is to develop indices of drought vulnerability under different management regimes, and to encourage the management of green water (in plants and soil) within region-wide water governance.
Keywords:
rainout shelters
field experiments
Feldversuche
green water
ecosystem management
meadows and forstes
ecohydrological modeling

Staff

Managers

Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Contact persons

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Staff

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
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