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Environmental research networks

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Our society needs to respond to environmental changes more and more quickly at the local, regional and global level. It is therefore important to identify the causes and effects of such changes. This is the task of monitoring and long-term ecosystem research.

 

In order to understand environmental problems, it is necessary to examine ecosystems in their entire complexity. The whole range of potential factors and impacts must be considered. With long-term ecosystem monitoring significant trends can be identified. The purpose of (long-term) ecosystem research is to explore the relevant mechanisms and causal relationships.

 

Human activities will have an impact on the environment in central Europe for centuries. Monitoring and research, rather than just focusing on individual natural or protected single landscape segments, is concerned with entire regions as a whole. Apart from issues as land use, aspects of natural science, economics and society are examined. These regions form Austria’s contribution to several international monitoring and research networks.

 

A selection of research networks is shown under the headings of the menu items on the navigation bar.