Mountain landscape with houses

Investigating the processes in complex coupled human-environmental systems (Copyright: T. Exel)

Environment

The research in the thematic area of environ-ment aims to better understand environmental processes and their interactions and to develop new methods that help assess the present situ-ation and predict our environment's future development. Its objective is to survey and forecast the dynamics of atmospheric abovesurface and subsurface processes in the complex human-environment relationship. The role of human beings, how environmental processes and domains influence them and affect their environment is of particular interest within this context. Therefore, questions such as the sustainable preservation of the basis of life and human civilisation and air pollution and climate are addressed.