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Socio-Ecological Research

The area of Socio-ecological research focuses on interactions between humans and the environment. It examines the interactions between physical-chemical, biological and socio-cultural processes, in which human kind can be perpetrator and victim, but also a designer.

Environmental phenomena are considered to be complex social problems and not merely natural appearances. Thus, human-environment systems can only be examined and explained in an interdisciplinary way and research results will contribute to sustainable development.

Sustainability is thereby understood as an objective, not to jeopardize ecological foundations, moreover, to avoid social conflicts and to act economically stabilizing. It is therefore a strategy that serves to secure the livelihoods of future generations.


HydroGeM3 - Hydrological scenarios in the Austrian Alps for the next century using a statistical weather generator and enhanced process understanding for modelling of seasonal snow and glacier melt for improved water resources management (ÖAW), Site Rofental

ClimAgro - Valorization of agriculture for the water supply in context with climate change (Provinz Bozen-Südtirol,  2013-2016). PI: Ulrike Tappeiner, Co-PI: Georg Leitinger, Site Stubai

REGARDS - REsilience of marginal GrAsslands and biodiveRsity management Decision Support, Site Stubai

EcoRAlps - Ecosystem services and restoration of traditional land-use systems in the Southern Alps (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, 2009-2014). PI: Ulrike Tappeiner, Site Stubai

VITAL Ecosystem service proVIsion from coupled planT and microbial functionAL diversity in managed grasslands (ERA-net BiodivERsA, FWF 2009-2013). PI: Ulrike Tappeiner, Co-PI: Michael Bahn, Site Stubai

Land.(Wirt)schaft - Strategien für die Kulturlandschaft der Zukunft (EFRE-EU, Land Tirol, Universität, 2009-2012). PI Institute of Ecology: Ulrike Tappeiner, Site Stubai

A toolbox of models of a sustainable economy (BM.W_F, WIFO, 2008-2011). PI: Ulrike Tappeiner, Suzanne Kapelari  (Institute of Botany), Site Stubai

DIAMONT (Interreg IIIB-Alpine Space A/III/1.1/29, 2005-2008), Site Stubai

SustAlp Evaluation of instruments of the European Union as regards their contribution to sustainable agriculture in the Alps (EU FP4, ENV4-CT97-0442, 1997-1999), Site Stubai

EcoMont (EU FP4, ENV4-CT95-0179, 1996-1999), Site Stubai

Alpine Land Use at Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria (ALPO) (2010-2012), Jean Nicolas Haas et al., Site Obergurgl

Biological ice nucleators for artificial snow production (2015), Martin Tollinger, Site Obergurgl

Vergleichende Untersuchungen zur nachhaltigen Nutzung von Gemeinschaftsweiden (2012), Hein van Gils und Frederick Yirilabuo, Site Obergurgl

"Namenökologie: Flurnamen und Landschaftsökologie" (2008-laufend), Lorelies Ortner und Rüdiger Kaufmann, Site Obergurgl

Archaelogical research on the mesolithic site of the Beilstein and its successors (2002), Alexander Zanesco, Site Obergurgl