Biodiversity damage mapped by global land-use study
The study on global effects of land use on biodiversity has been published on April 2, 2015 in the renowned scientific journalNature. Please find the English press release of the National History Museum as pdf file below. This international study was accompanied by the interdepartmental Max Planck Fellow Group Functional Biogeography, a cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI BGC) and iDiv.
Jens Kattge from Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena contributed to the study, showing that the average vegetation height decreases with increasing land use. This is an important indicator for changes in ecosystem functions, in particular restrictions of the water cycle.