Project archive

Developing and applying scenarios of biological invasions for the 21st century [AlienScenarios]

Runtime: 2019 - 2022
Funding: Biodiversa and Belmont Forum

Human agency has modified virtually every facet of the biophysical environment with profound implications for the status, distribution and resilience of biodiversity worldwide. Several major drivers of biodiversity loss have been identified with climate change, land-use change and biological invasions being among the most important ones. Changes in climate and land use have received much attention during the last decades, which resulted in readily available scenarios. In contrast, comparable approaches are completely missing for biological invasions despite its importance in driving biodiversity losses, and causing substantial negative impacts on human livelihoods.
AlienScenarios aims to close this gap by, for the first time, evaluating the range of plausible futures of biological invasions for the 21st century at different spatial scales and for a range of taxonomic groups. We will combine the strategic forward-looking methodology of scenario planning with advanced modelling approaches to construct plausible global mid-term (2050) and long-term (2100) futures of biological invasions and their impacts taking into account uncertainties.

Modelling climate-driven range changes of European butterflies and their host plants – do transient dynamics matter?

Runtime: 2018 - 2022
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Conservation under Climate Change: Challenges, Constraints and Solutions [CCCCCS]

Runtime: 2018 - 2022
Funding: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP) – Climate and Energy Fund

Vienna’s global biodiversity footprint. A multi-scale analysis outlining options to reduce urban pressures on biodiversity [Biodiv Vienna]

Runtime: 2018 - 2022
Funding: Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)

DaRe to Connect - Supporting Danube Region’s ecological Connectivity by linking Natura 2000 areas along the Green Belt [D2C - DaRe to Connect]

Runtime: 2018 - 2021
Funding: EU INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme (DTB)
external link: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/d2c

The Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF) database: understanding patterns and drivers of global plant invasions [GloNAF]

Runtime: 2018 - 2021
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
external link: http://www.glonaf.org

Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes [MaGICLandscapes]

Runtime: 2017 - 2020
Funding: EU INTERREG Central Europe Programme
external link: http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html

Disentangling evolutionary adaptation from transient acclimation to alpine environments in Arabidopsis arenosa

Runtime: 2018 - 2020
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Update of the “Checklist of Non-Native Vascular Plant Species of Austria”

Runtime: 2019 - 2020
Funding: Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Biosphere Reserve Integrated Monitoring based on Social and Environmental ecosystem services [BRIMSEN]

Runtime: 2018 - 2019
Funding: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
external link: http://www.biosphaerenparks.at/index.php/de/blog/40-%C3%B6sterreichische-mab-programm-f%C3%B6rdert-f%C3%BCnf-neue-forschungsprojekte

Land Use, climate change and biodiversity in cultural landscapes: Assessing feedbacks and promoting land-use strategies towards a viable future [LUBIO]

Runtime: 2015 - 2019
Funding: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

In LUBIO, we will explore the anticipated systemic feedbacks between (1) climate change, (2) land owner’s decisions on land use, (3) land-use change, and (4) changes in biodiversity patterns during the coming decades in a regional context.

Range formation of beech forest understory herbs – a synthetic approach based on comparative phylogeography and distribution modeling

Runtime: 2016 - 2019
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Biogeography of Pannonian steppe grasslands

Runtime: 2015 - 2018
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

The aims of this project are (1) to achieve a consistent classification of the steppe grasslands in the whole Pannonian region using multivariate methods and a supra-national network of plot data, (2) to identify patterns of regional species diversity, genetic diversity and areas of endemism for the species pool of each main type of steppe grassland, (3) to evaluate the explanatory power of historical versus present-day environmental factors to explain these patterns, and (4) to validate different potential refuge areas based on population genetic analyses of several diagnostic plant species representing the main types of steppe grassland.

Re-establishing grasslands to promote farmland biodiversity and key ecosystem services [REGRASS]

Runtime: 2015 - 2018
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

The eco-geography of sexual & apomictic polyploids in Potentilla puberula (Rosaceae)

Runtime: 2015 - 2018
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

A species´ distribution results from complex interactions of various processes like migration abilities and ecological preferences. Additionally, interspecific reproductive interactions might play a crucial role in heteroploid species comprising sexual and apomictic lineages. We aim at identifying relevant processes and quantifying their relative role in shaping the distribution pattern of 5 lineages (tetra- to octoploids) of P. puberula lin-eages in the Eastern European Alps.

Global Naturalized Alien Floras [GloNAF]

Runtime: 2015 - 2018
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Symposion Lindabrunn (NÖ) - Monitoring

Runtime: 2008 - 2017
Funding: Verein Symposion Lindabrunn

Climate-driven range dynamics and potential current disequilibrium in Alpine vegetation [DISEQU-ALP]

Runtime: 2014 - 2017
Funding: ACRP (Austrian Climate Research Programme)

Climate change and escaping ornamentals: Predicting the next generation of European plant invaders [WhoIsNext]

Runtime: 2014 - 2017
Funding: FWF

The main objectives of this project are to delimitate which ornamental plant species might naturalize and become invasive under future climatic conditions and where these next invasions will happen.

The ecology of geographical parthogenesis in alpine plants

Runtime: 2013 - 2016
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

The main objective of this project is the development of a comprehensive and predictive ecological model for geographical parthenogenesis.

Adaptation to Interactive Impacts of Climate Change and Nitrogen Deposition on Biodiversity [CCN-Adapt]

Runtime: 2013 - 2016
Funding: ACRP (Austrian Climate Research Programme)

Spatiotemporal diversification of Heliosperma pusillum s.l.

Runtime: 2012 - 2015
Funding: Science and Technology Cooperation Austria - Slovenia (S&T Cooperation), Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Ausbildung und Tätigkeit von Südtirolern an der Landesuniversität Innsbruck

Development of moss covered building-front panel [BE-MO-FA]

Runtime: 2014 - 2015
Funding: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The project BE-MO-FA is concerned with the development of moss-covered facade panels aiming at year-round green, sustainable, extensive care and affordable building facades. In this study the project team is selecting and testing appropriate (i) moss species, (ii) new water storages and adhesive substratum, (iii) materials of the support panels and (iv) technical building construction details.

Risk of seed spillage of imported oilseed rape along transport routes: assessment of potential medium-term to long-term effects of an accidental entry of viable seeds in Austria

Runtime: 2013 - 2015
Funding: Federal Ministry of Health, Austria (BMG)

The main objective of this research project is to estimate the medium-term to long-term effects of an unintended distribution and establishment of imported viable seeds of oilseed rape (OSR, Brassica napus) under Austrian conditions based on field data.

Monitoring of pastures - Pielach-Neubacher Au

Runtime: 2008 - 2014
Funding: Landschaftsfond (Lower Austria) & European Agricultural Fund for Rural Developement

Monitoring-Studie über den Einfluß extensiver Ganzjahresbeweidung mit Konik-Pferden auf das Naturschutzgebiet Pielach-Ofenloch-Neubacher Au.

BiodiversityKnowledge [KNEU]

Runtime: 2010 - 2014
Funding: EU-FP7
external link: http://www.biodiversityknowledge.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=101

The project is targeted on the development of a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Network of Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy-makers, the policy-making process and other societal actors. It will develop links to relevant clients to support the science-society interface in Europe and beyond.

Monitoring of forests in the Thayatal National Park

Runtime: 2012 - 2013
Funding: Thayatal National Park

Monitoring of the forests in the Thayatal National Park with a special focus on rare types of forests, geophytes and conversion areas

Structure and evolution of cytologically complex plant populations in apomictic Potentilla pusilla

Runtime: 2010 - 2013
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Climate change response of Ecosystem Services in the Neusiedler See Region [CCR]

Runtime: 2010 - 2013
Funding: ÖAW
external link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1553/GlobalChange-1s1

The project CC-ILA consisted of (i) the assessment of sensitivity of ecosystem functions, goods and services to climate change by establishing valid relationships between climate patterns, broader habitats and ecosystem functions and (ii) the assessment what impact expected climate change would have for the regional development.

Climate change and endemic plants - Range dynamics of endemic Austrian mountain plants under climate change

Runtime: 2010 - 2013
Funding: ÖAW

Grünbuch ÖBB Infrastruktur 2012 (ÖBB-Modul 1)

Runtime: 2011 - 2012
Funding: ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Analysing climate change mitigation and adaption strategies for sustainable rural land use and landscape developements in Austria [CC-ILA]

Runtime: 2010 - 2012
Funding: ÖAW

European Biodiversity Observation Network [EBONE]

Runtime: 2008 - 2012
Funding: EU – FP7
external link: http://www.ebone.wur.nl/UK/

Development and implementation of a terrestrial biodiversity observation network that is spatially and topically prioritized and a structure for an institutional framework allowing European and world wide terrestrial monitoring and projections on trends based on reliable data and indicators.

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as scientific foundation for the sustainable imple­men­tation of the Redesigned Biosphere Reserve “Neusiedler See” [BIOSERV]

Runtime: 2008 - 2012
Funding: ÖAW
external link: http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/0xc1aa500d_0x002af7aa.pdf

BIOSERV is setting a scientifically sound baseline for sustainable development of the region BR Neusiedler See and aims at displaying dynamic processes and their desired direction as well as providing recommendations for a redesigned BR Neusiedler See following the Seville strategy. This has been achieved by using the scientific concept of “ecosystem goods and services” for identifying, measuring and communicating the ecological, socio-cultural and economic values of the proposedly enlarged Biosphere reserve.

Origin and maintenance of intrapopulational cytotype mixture in an alpine plant species (Senecio carniolicus), Asteraceae)

Runtime: 2008 - 2012
Funding: FWF

Impact of agricultural abandonment of landscape structure, vegetation and farmland birds in SE Europe [AGRALE]

Runtime: 2010 - 2012
Funding: SEE-ERA.NET Plus

Grünbuch ÖBB-Angewandtes ökologisches Flächenmanagement 2010 (Modul 2)

Runtime: 2010 - 2012
Funding: ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Transnational Ecological Networks in Central Europe [TransEcoNet]

Runtime: 2009 - 2012
Funding: INTERREG IV B CENTRAL EUROPE
external link: http://www.transeconet.eu/

The overall aim of TransEcoNet is a comprehensive inventory and the protection of ecological networks and their natural and cultural heritage. The project partners elaborated, analysed and assessed parts of the Central European network regarding (i) transboundary connectivity and existing gaps, (ii) land use changes since the end of the 18th century, (iii) ecological functionality of landscapes and services they provide to society and (iv) national planning tools, regulations and transnational cooperation initiatives dealing with ecological networks.

Monitoring Lake Neusiedl - Seewinkel

Runtime: 2006 - 2012
Funding: Neusiedlersee National Park

Climate Change Response of Sensitive Habitats and Landscapes in Austria [CROSS]

Runtime: 2007 - 2012
Funding: ÖAW
external link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1553/GlobalChanges1

The project presents an approach that couples modelled high-resolution climate data with expert knowledge about the sensitivity of semi-natural and cultivated habitats in representative Austrian agricultural landscapes. By doing so, it is possible to assess the potential impact of changing temperature and precipitation patterns on regional biodiversity.

Perspektive Lobau 2020: Untersuchung von Managementoptionen für den stark besuchten Bioshpärenpark aufgrund der Wiener Stadtentwicklung [Lobau 2020]

Runtime: 2008 - 2011
Funding: Man and Biosphere Programme (MaB)
external link: https://forschung.boku.ac.at/fis/suchen.projekt_uebersicht?sprache_in=de&menue_id_in=300&id_in=7046

BINATS – Biodiversity, Nature, Safety

Runtime: 2006 - 2010
Funding: BMGFJ, Lebensministerium

VEGMON – Polare Kältewüsten im Klimawandel

Runtime: 2007 - 2010
Funding: BMWF

BIOPLATTFORM Austria

Runtime: 2007 - 2010
Funding: BMFW
external link: http://131.130.59.133/biodiv_forschung/

The project aimed to create a network of scientists and interested stakeholders related to the fields of biodiversity and nature conservation for linking existing knowledge and foster communication within the research community.

Research Plattform „Mountain Limits“

Runtime: 2008 - 2010
Funding: Uni Wien

GLORIA-Klimawandelfolgen in Schutzgebieten der Alpen, osteuropäischer und mediterraner Hochgebirge

Runtime: 2008 - 2010
Funding: MAVA Stiftung für Naturschutz

Integrative modelling of spatio-temporal spread in biological invasions

Runtime: 2009 - 2010
Funding: ÖAW - DOC

voestalpine Stahl Linz, Linz Service, Abfallwirtschaft, Fliegenproblem

Runtime: 2008 - 2009
Funding: voestalpine Stahl + Abfallwirtschaft

Landscape scale population dynamics of alpine plants

Runtime: 2005 - 2009
Funding: FWF

Ausstellung "Das Grüne Band Europas" - Linz 2009

Runtime: 2006 - 2009
Funding: LINZ 2009
external link: http://www.linz09.at/de/projekt-2106336/das_gruene_band_europas.html

Content conception and organisation of the exhibition The European Green Belt: Border.Wilderness.Future at the Castle Museum in Linz within Linz2009 - European Capital of Culture

FBGP Donau- Prämonitoring, AP Vegetation

Runtime: 2006 - 2009
Funding: ViaDonau

FOOTPRINTS

Runtime: 2006 - 2009
Funding: MAB

Redesigning the Biosphere-Reserve „Neusiedler See“ [BIOSERV]

Runtime: 2006 - 2009
Funding: ÖAW

Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environment, Social and EcOnomic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions [SENSOR]

Runtime: 2005 - 2009
Funding: EU – FP6
external link: http://www.sensor-ip.org/

 The SENSOR project aimed at delivering ex-ante Sustainability Impact Assessment Tools (SIAT) to support decision making on policies related to multifunctional land use in European regions. This major SENSOR product directly responds to the European sustainability objectives as applied to land use and regional development and a better policy targeting of social, environmental and consumer concerns.

ALARM-Assessing large scale environmental rules for biodiversity with tested methods

Runtime: 2004 - 2009
Funding: EU

LIFE-Projekt Pannonische Trockenrasen (Coleoptera)

Runtime: 2005 - 2008
Funding: EU

SEBI – Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity

Runtime: 2008 - 2008
Funding: Le Muséum National d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris

FBGP Donau- Prämonitoring, AP Landschaft

Runtime: 2006 - 2008
Funding: ViaDonau

Flussbauliches Gesamtprojekt Donau östlich von Wien

Runtime: 2003 - 2005
Funding: Auftragsforschung
external link: http://www.donau.bmvit.gv.at/

Raumstrukturelle Probleme im Alpenraum [RAUMALP]

Runtime: 2001 - 2004
external link: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/isr/raumalp/

Hemeroby of Austrian forest ecosystems [Hemeroby]

Runtime: 1992 - 1997
Funding: Man and Biosphere Programm (MaB)
external link: http://131.130.59.133/projekte/hemerobie/hem_forest.htm

Zonierung Offenland Biosphärenpark Wienerwald [Biospärenpark Wienerwald]

Runtime: -
Funding: Man and Biosphere Programm (MaB)
external link: http://131.130.59.133/projekte/wwo/

Österreichische Biospärenparks - Biosphärenreservate [Biospärenparks]

Runtime: -
Funding: Man and Biosphere Programm (MaB)
external link: http://131.130.59.133/biosphaerenparks/

Optimised management of riverine landscapes based on a multi-criteria Decision Support System [OPTIMA Lobau]

Runtime: -
Funding: ProVision Programm
external link: http://131.130.59.133/projekte/optima/