The different impacts of climate change on environmental resources and land use are investigated interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary within KlimLandRP. Results are aspired for the whole federal state, as well as on a regional scale for representative landscapes. Synergies with related projects (e.g. KLIWA) will be searched. The necessary climate projections are provided by the State Office for Environment, Water Management and Trade Supervisory. In a first step, possible changes will be projected till 2050. Depending on the question the projections will be extended till 2100. The integration of stakeholders and experts enables the incorporation of societal validated impacts of climate change and the development of accepted scenarios of land use. One important component of the project will be the sensitivity analyses, where the extent of change is investigated for different climate projections.
The Rhineland-Palatinate Competence Centre for Climate Change Impacts within the Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry (FAWF) coordinates the interdisciplinary project and the work of the five modules. It is supported in scientific discussions by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
The main aspects of the basic modules “water” and “soil” are to analyze the future soil water balance, biocoenosis of flowing water, humus balance and the threat of erosion. The land use modules “forest” and “agriculture” deal with changes in site conditions and adaptation potentials of tree species and agricultural crops, including the influences of abiotic and biotic factors. The cross-sectoral module “biodiversity” focuses on the impact of climate change on species and their habitats.