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The study presented in this video evaluates data from observational towers, satellite pictures and other published data to compare the impact of land-cover change and land management change on climate. The results show that land management change within the same vegetation (e.g., harvesting a formerly untouched forest) has effects on climate change that are similarly large as effects of land-cover change (e.g., changing forests into pasture). Thus, JULIA PONGRATZ explains, earth system models which are used to estimate human impact on climate should include changes in land management.


Julia Pongratz is member of the Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group “Forest Management in the Earth System”, at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg. In 2009 she was awarded the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society for her doctoral thesis on the effect of land cover change on the climate. .She participated in Fast Track: Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science by the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung.

Pongratz works with the Department of Land in the Earth System and studies the effect of land management change on our climate.


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Original publication

Land Management and Land-Cover Change Have Impacts of Similar Magnitude on Surface Temperature

Luyssaert Sebastiaan, Jammet Mathilde, Estel Stephan, Pongratz Julia, Ceschia Eric, Churkina Galina, Don Axel, Ferlicoq Morgan, Stoy Paul C. and Erb Karl-Heinz
Nature Climate Change
Published in 2014

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