MOUNTLAND is a CCES funded project in which research groups from ETH-Zürich, EPFL-Lausanne and WSL are involved. Its primary goal is to contribute to the development of adapted land use practices for mountain regions that (i) warrant the life-supporting services required for sustainable development, and (ii) are economically and ecologically efficient, socially acceptable and politically feasible. Therefore it is structured in 3 tasks:
- ecosystem response to global change (task 1),
- socio-economic changes and impacts (task 2), and
- policy developments and innovative policy solutions (task 3).
MFSA collaborates with ECOS lab at EPFL in task 1. Its specific objective is to assess through diachronic and synchronic comparative spatial analyses the effect of climate change and land use management strategies on vegetation patterns and processes as well as on ecosystem goods and services in pasture-woodland landscapes under various environmental constraints and disturbance regimes. The results will serve as a basis for the calibration of a landscape dynamics model designed to predict the outcome of alternative scenarios of climate change and land use.
Official Website : www.cces.ethz.ch/projects/sulu/MOUNTLAND