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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


Training on grassland at the Agricultural Training Centre Baden-Württemberg

Four members of the SUSALPS team took part in the course " Grassland farming and forage production" at the Agricultural Training Centre Baden-Württemberg (LAZBW) in Aulendorf from 23 to 27 April 2019. The course taught...[more]

Delegation from Azerbaijan and Georgia visits SUSALPS/TERENO test sites

On February 14, 2019 a delegation from Azerbaijan and Georgia visited the KIT Campus Alpin and our experimental site in Fendt. The delegation, which mainly consisted of representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture and...[more]

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]