Polar regions are one of the most sensitive and vulnerable regions on earth. In particular, the long-term interactions between climate, ecosystems and humans in polar continental areas are still poorly understood. Therefore, the research group “Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems” investigates past climate dynamics, high-latitude vegetation change, arctic lake system dynamics and biodiversity change in high latitudes. As the time-period covered by direct observations is short, the analysis of long-term changes further requires the use of indirect proxy data extracted from environmental archives such as lake sediments. Therefore, proxy development and proxy data synthesis are also a key research interest of the group. Such, a better understanding of the polar continental areas and its interactions with the global earth system can be gained.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Herzschuh

Sigrun Gräning
Phone: +49(331)288-2123

Dr. Boris Biskaborn