Core project – Ecological synthesis
Fundamental and general understanding of ecological relationships can only be achieved by comparing and linking data from different taxa, ecological processes and spatio-temporal scales in a broad perspective. An optimal approach for such ecological syntheses is to organise research in such a way that different data are collected within a common study design, so that these data can later be directly compared and linked. Creating such a common study design, and thereby enabling fundamental ecological synthesis, was one of the main reasons for establishing the Biodiversity Exploratories. The Synthesis Central Project is responsible for ensuring that this ecological synthesis is realised.
The project has three main objectives:
1. a series of comprehensive synthesis analyses on the core questions of the
biodiversity exploratories, the links between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem processes;
2. a closer examination of the important and still difficult question of how to
question of how to quantify land use intensity in forests and grasslands;
3. the dissemination of the synthesis idea, and the methodological and content-related support of synthesis activities of other working groups. The synthesis project creates synergies and cross-project added value, in line with the guiding questions of the biodiversity exploratories.