Observing and Modelling
Observations are used to develope, parameterize, and evaluate models at different scales reaching from the cell or leaf up to regions of many thousand square kilometers. Therefore, measurements are also carried out at various scales.
Biosphere models of different aspects and scales are combined in order to represent complex systems with often unexpected responses to environmental changes. On a regional level climate, air chemistry and hydrological models are coupled with process-based biosphere models with which dynamic feedback processes can be considered.
Therefore, not only models are developed but also frameworks to combine and integrate different models. Large efforts providing the appropriate hard- and software are made to link high resolution non-hydrostatic climate models with hydrological, biological and air-chemistry models to assess impacts in climate-sensitive regions.