We investigate how global environmental change alters functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, and the services we as humans derive from this functioning, aiming to provide science-based knowledge towards a more sustainable society.

To assess impacts of climate change on ecosystem processes of carbon, nutrient and water cycling we deploy controlled experiments, field observations and modelling techniques from the leaf to the landscape scale. To study coupled climate change and land use change dynamics at the regional to global level we take advantage of remote sensing products and develop and apply dynamic global vegetation models, coupled socio-economic/ecological models and Earth System models.