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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


New PhD position in biogeochemistry to fill

At the KIT in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we search for a new PhD student in the SUSALPS project starting from 1 April 2019. The topic is "Effects of climate change and extensive versus intensive management on nitrogen flows in...[more]

Results of the vegetation mapping at Brunnenkopfalm have been published

In June 2018, a survey of ferns and flowering plants took place at the re-grazing areas at Brunnenkopfalm. The results have been published in the journal "Berichte der Bayerischen Botanischen Gesellschaft" (Heft 88,...[more]

SUSALPS publications in the BonaRes Series

Two SUSALPS publications have been released in the BonaRes Series: 1. Summary of the Round Table "Klimawandel & Grünlandwirtschaft". The publication is in German and can be downloaded via the following...[more]

SUSALPS Conference 2018 was received well

From 18 to 20 September 2018, the SUSALPS Conference "Montane and alpine grasslands under climate change – ways in a sustainable future" was held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. More than 60 participants from nine nations...[more]