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StartClim2008.E: Developement of landscape structures to reduce evaporation regarding climate change and the production of biomass

Subproject of: StartClim2008: Adaptation to Climate Change in Austria (StartClim2008)

Project Leader
Brandenburg Christiane, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
University of Hohenheim, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Eitzinger Josef, Project Staff
Gerersdorfer Thomas, Project Staff (bis 02.06.2013)
Surböck Andreas, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Institute of Organic Farming
Funded by
Federal Environment Agency Vienna, Spittelauer Lände 5, A-1090 Wien, Austria
Climate scenarios as well as agricultural studies point at drought problems for the cultivation of arable land in eastern parts of Austria. In the coming years this trend might be strengthened and especially for organic farming larger harvesting failures can be expected.
Eastern Austria is dominated by large-scale fields and a lack of landscape structures. The present research project is investigating positive effects of these structures to enhance the micro climate on fields. Therefore natural landscape structures should be developed, which fulfil economic, climatic and ecological requirements. Appropriate plants will be cultivated on the fields - similar to agroforestry systems - to advance efficiency in terms of resource use (biomass, biogas, renewable raw materials) and (water) resource protection of the soil. Different adapted variants of landscape structures will be valuated by their costs and economical benefits.
This project will provide a scientific background for assessing the profitability of landscape structures in fields in Eastern Austrian regions. With these results an adaptation of agrarian land use to climate change are presented.
meteorology; agricultural economics; countryside stuardship;
evaporation; climate change; landscape structures;

Gerersdorfer, T., Brandenburg, Ch., Bahrs, E., Eitzinger, J. (2010): Der Beitrag von Landschaftsstrukturen (z.B. Windschutzhecken) zur Ertragssituation im Ackerbau in Ostösterreich .
[7th Conference on Bioclimatology BIOMET7 2010, Freiburg, Germany, 12.04.2010 - 14.04.2010]

In: Matzarakis, A., Mayer,H., Chmielweski, F.-M. (Eds.), Ber. Meteor. Inst. Univ. Freiburg,; ISSN 1435-618X

Brandenburg, Ch., Gerersdorfer, T., Bahrs, E., Allex, B., Schweinzer, A., Eitzinger, J., Ferner, B., Völler, S., Surböck, A., Freyer, B., Heinzinger, M. (2009): Entwicklung und ökonomische Abschätzung unterschiedlicher Landschaftsstrukturen auf Ackerflächen zur Verringerung der Evapotranspiration vor dem Hintergrund eines Klimawandels unter besonderer Berücksichtigung einer Biomasseproduktion .

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