Biodiversity, climate change and environmental protection are causes close to your heart? You would like to contribute to conservation efforts but don't know how?
Well we have just the right thing for you!
As soon as our citizen science platform is up and running, we will be actively recruiting members of the public to contribute to climate protection and research. No experience or travel necessary! To find out more, read about our projects here.
Phenology and Climate Change
You enjoy spending time outdoors and would like to actively contribute to climate change research?
Then you have come to the right place! Soon you will be able to virtually capture your observations using a suitable companion for your smartphone. Call yourself a scientist in just a few clicks!
Altitudinal Limits of Trees
Do you like hiking in the Bavarian Alps and want to know how climate change affects trees in the mountains and mountain forests? Then our project is just right for you.
Changes in Pollen Loads
Are you an allergy sufferer and would like to know how pollen loads are related to climate change? Then you are in the right place with our subproject.
Find out now how we want to bring light into darkness with the help of the Citizen Science approach.
Animals in the City
You are living in a city or outside and you get enthusiastic about animals? Then we need your help! In order for us to learn more about the changes in the occurrences and behavior of animals living in cities, we are developing an App to help us track animal observations made by citizens around Bavaria.
Phenology as an Indicator of Climate Change
Its simple methodology allows for a smooth integration in the school curriculum. By means of phenological experiments, students will have the opportunity to work as 'junior scientists' and directly simulate the effects of climate change on plant life. The BAYSICS toolkit will provide all relevant infrastructure required to participate in the program, including tools for data collection and evaluation of results.
In collaborating with relevant BAYSICS subprojects, results of these phenological experiments will then flow into climate reports developed by schools for their own region.
Climate Related Changes in Pollen Loads
In order to adapt to climate change, detailed knowledge about the spatial variability of phenology, pollen season and pollen intensity is required.
Since cities are known for their urban heat island effect, dry conditions and air pollution, investigations along urbanisation gradients (space-for-time approach) can be used to assess the influence of temperature on pollen production. As temperature is expected to increase due to climate change, this approach can be used as a proxy to predict future effects of climate on allergenic plants.
This subproject thus aims to use the citizen science approach to evaluate climate-induced variations in pollen production, pollen exposure, diurnal emission patterns of allergenic plants as well as individual symptoms. In addition to the installation of pollen traps and meteorological stations in a large city (Ingolstadt), the focus of this subproject is to develop an App that can be used by citizens to report on allergy symptoms or allergenic plant observations from the comfort of their own homes.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Jochner-Oette
Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Physical Geography/Landscape Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystem Development
Phone: +49 8421 9321742
Ostenstraße 18, 85072 Eichstätt
Detection of Altitudinal Limits of Tree Species
The disappearance of glaciers and the thawing of permafrost soils as a result of climate change can be seen by anyone travelling in the high mountains: the area covered by glacial ice is decreasing, bare rock and vegetation-free gravel surfaces are appearing, slopes previously held together by permafrost are starting to move and the danger of falling rocks is growing.
But the flora is also reacting to global warming: formerly vegetation-free areas are gradually being overgrown and herbaceous plants from the lowlands are penetrating more and more frequently into the summit regions. It takes longer for woody plants to settle and establish themselves.
Is it true that trees and shrubs are moving into even higher mountain regions as a result of climate change? Is the tree line rising? Is the structure of the mountain forest changing because some tree species can now thrive at higher altitudes than before?
We want to address these questions in our subproject. Since we can not predict the future, we compare the current height records of the individual tree species with historical data, when about 170 years ago at the end of the so-called "Little Ice Age" it was almost two degrees colder than today.
These comparative data from 1854 were obtained by Otto Sendtner, a Munich botanist who for six years, on behalf of the Bavarian King Maximilian II, had barometrically surveyed the highest occurrences of a total of 1,692 plant species in the Bavarian Alps.
Report to us where you saw a particularly high beech, fir & Co. during your hike (any mountain in the Bavarian Alps)! The BAYSICS app for data entry is still under development, but you can already report tree species using our paper form.
Animals in the City: Environmental Justice in Times of Climate Change
Modifying older buildings in hopes of adapting to climate change (e.g. through insulation), often leads to a further loss of breeding opportunities for birds, bats and other animals.
Methods such as “Animal-Aided Design” (Weisser & Hauck 2017) thus aim to integrate animals into the planning of urban greenspaces, thereby improving the human experience of nature in cities. However, encouraging environmental protection in this way heavily relies on the active participation of citizens.
This subproject therefore aims to actively involve citizens in the collection of data on animals inside and outside cities, in hopes of further understanding how climate change and urbanisation affect animal distribution and behaviour. In addition, it aims to explore human preferences for particular animals and the factors that influence whether humans like to have wild animals in their vicinity.
Results will be used to inform future urban planning projects and to help them design cities and greenspaces that respect to both humans and animals.