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Sustainable use of alpine and pre-alpine grassland soils in a changing climate

Grassland ecosystems are widely spread in the alps and the foothills of the alps of southern Germany and cover an area of more than one million hectares. From an economical point of view, grasslands are precious as they provide fodder for dairy and cattle farming. In addition to their economic value, they fulfill important ecosystem functions such as the storage of carbon and nitrogen, water retention, protection against erosion and biodiviersity. However, changes in climate, land use and grassland managenent jeopardize the multiple functions provided by grasslands.

The aim of the SUSALPS project is to improve our knowledge on the effects of current and future climate and management on ecosystem functions performed by grasslands. In the process, the general framework of the socio-economy of the specific geographic region will be considered. Based on this improved knowledge, sustainable management options for grasslands in the alps and the foothills of the alps will be developed. These management options will be especially designed to support the climate protection function of grassland soils.

Relevancy to practice and transparency are stated goals of SUSALPS. If we sparked your interest in the topics of the project and you have personal experience in managing grassland, then we are very much interested in your opinion!

You can actively participate in SUSALPS reseach by filling out our questionnaire (German only):

Link to the questionnaire


SUSALPS Conference 2018

“Montane and alpine grasslands under climate change – ways in a sustainable future”[more]

Announcement: Excursion to the Brunnenkopfalm

A grazing experiment is planned within SUSALPS on the Brunnenkopfalm that analyses the effects of grazing on an abandoned mountain pasture on soil functions, biodiversity, and feed value. The experiment aims to derive...[more]

SUSALPS @ BonaRes Conference 2018

SUSALPS is represented with eigth oral and nine poster presentations at the BonaRes Conference 2018 in Berlin. The conference programme can be accessed via [more]

Trial version of SUSALPS decision support system online

Today we launched the trial version of the SUSALPS decision support system. The system is free of charge and available online at The system can be used on desctop computers and mobile devices. The...[more]