PROJECT AREA F: KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS
Project Area F represents an important interface between science and society. It links the research undertaken in Project Areas A through E with public debates and decision-making processes. By anchoring the transfer of knowledge methodologically and structurally and by strengthening the connection between scientific knowledge and social actors, Project Area F makes an essential contribution to achieving the Centre’s strategic objectives.
In order to perform this task Project Area F is subdivided into a series of project groups:
Knowledge transfer, and the related scientific basic research, is the responsibility of Project Group F1, “Transdisciplinary concepts,” and F3, “Transfer Unit & communication,” with each performing specific functions. While F1 serves as a go-between linking the various project groups, providing support for their strategic positioning and guaranteeing a methodologically sound internal and external transfer of knowledge, F3 has the key responsibility of dealing with knowledge transfer and user potential, network building, public relations and date accessibility aspects of external communication.
Project Groups F2, on the other hand, work on the action-oriented integration and evaluation of scientific results. With the help of various ecosystem models, such as forests, inland waters, savannahs or coral reefs, and depending on regional climatic conditions, recommendations for action are made for the tension-filled areas marked by the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate-induced changes in biodiversity. To this end the results drawn from the Centre’s different project areas are combined in the form of scenarios of the future development of changed fauna and flora and linked to an analysis of their social-ecological, including socio-economic, effects. The most important questions addressed here relate to the effects on the use of relevant natural resources (ecosystem services) in connection with appropriate measures for their sustainable management.