ESM Research Projects - Selection

A selection of ongoing projects of the ESM Program.


A Transnational Cooperation for Sustainable Use and Management of Non-Native Trees in Urban, Peri-Urban and Forest Ecosystems in the Alpine Region More


ALTERFOR explores the potential to optimize forest management models currently in use in different forested areas in European countries. The international consortium of scientists and forestry practitioners will examine alternative forest management models in ten case study areas. Each area represents different forest management practices and socio-ecological conditions across Europe. More


The AmazonFACE project addresses the overarching question of how climate change will affect the Amazon forest, the biodiversity it harbors, and the ecosystem services it provides to humanity. More

Brazil-EU Cooperation for Development of Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels (BECOOL)

BECOOL is a Horizon 2020 project that fosters the cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. More

C-GLOPS: Copernicus Global Land Cover maps at a 100m resolution

The project aims to develop annual global land cover maps with a 100m resolution consistent over time, and has been tracking land cover changes since 2015. More

Forging Resilient Regions: Deep Demonstration

'Forging Resilient Regions’ is a European, EIT Climate-KIC funded project to support regions in the EU in their transformation to a net-zero emissions, climate-resilient, future. As one of eight ‘Deep Demonstrations’, the project is intended to be a test bed environment for the 1.5°C-consistent systems transition. More

CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange Costs (COACCH)

COACCH (CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs) is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to advance knowledge regarding climate change impacts and policy that can be used directly by stakeholder communities. More


This project is funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant. It assesses the potential of using crowdsourcing to close big data gaps of ground sourced data on land cover, land use and change. The project builds on the Geo-Wiki crowdsourcing tool and moves from an online environment to a mobile ground-based collection system. More


The CrowdVal project has developed innovative tools for data collection by the crowd; these have been demonstrated in three African countries for in situ data collection as well as an online data collection exercise using visual interpretation, leading to the validation of the first 20 m land cover map of Africa.  More

EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe (e-shape)

The Horizon 2020-funded EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe (e-shape) project is an unprecedented initiative that brings together decades of public investment in earth observation and in cloud capabilities into services to the citizens, the industry, the decision-makers and the researchers. More


Towards sustainable food and land-use systems: The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium. More


Over the past 15 years unusually hot and dry summers have highlighted the financial vulnerability of European farmers beyond the arid regions of the Mediterranean. European policy makers have responded to increased agricultural production risk by providing premium subsidies from the community’s budget; these act as a risk-management instrument by decreasing the region’s reliance on ad hoc disaster relief. More

FloodCitiSense: Early Warning Service for Urban Pluvial Floods for and by Citizens and City Authorities

How can citizens and city authorities work together using crowdsourcing and mobile technology to create a reliable pluvial flood early warning system? More


This study focuses on the conditions for meeting the Paris Agreement targets, regional variation in the options for greenhouse gas removal, the scope for inter-region cooperation to reduce climate policy costs and how greenhouse gas removal technologies will interact with low carbon energy systems. More


The GROW Observatory – an EU-wide citizen science project for growers, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and space scientists More

IBFRA insight process

Sustainable boreal forest management – challenges and opportunities for climate change mitigation More


IIASA is quantifying the responses of ecosystems and society in a world increasingly rich in N and C but limited in P. The ongoing shifts in C:N:P balances in ecosystems will necessarily affect the structure, function and diversity of the Earth system.  More

LandSense: A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring

How can citizen-powered science coupled with mobile technology improve our understanding and governance of land use and land cover changes? More


MIND STEP aims at supporting public decision making in agricultural, rural, environmental and climate policies, taking into account the behavior of individual decision-making units in agriculture and the rural society. More


A projected increase in climate extreme events and an increasingly inter-dependent food supply system pose a threat to global food security. The Multiple Breadbasket Failure Initiative is a cross-cutting project at IIASA that looks into systemic food systems risks, cascading effects and catastrophe modelling in the agricultural sector. More

Nature Map Earth

Nature Map Earth is developing an integrated global map of biodiversity, carbon storage, and other dimensions of nature by consolidating and crowd-sourcing data from many sources. More

Delivering Incentives to End Deforestation: Global Ambition, Private/Public Finance, and Zero-Deforestation Supply Chains (NORAD DITED)

The project's planned effect on society is to protect tropical forests and the carbon they contain, while supporting sustainable livelihoods for communities that depend on them by creating durable, large-scale economic incentives for forest protection through pay-for-performance policies (such as jurisdictional REDD+) and corporate commitments to zero-deforestation commodity supply chains, and building the finance approaches, institutional capacity and strong forest governance needed to respond effectively to those incentives. More


The main goal of Nunataryuk is to determine the impacts of thawing land, coast and subsea permafrost on the global climate and on humans in the Arctic and to develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies. More

Development and application of global economy-wide climate change modelling capacity to support EU policy preparation

In this project, analytical tools are used to analyse policy-relevant questions from the European Commission to inform them of developments in the field of energy policies and climate policies on a global scale. More

RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil

RESTORE+ aims to explore restoration and utilization options of tropical degraded and/or marginal land in order to ease pressure on deforestation as well as mitigating climate change. The project aspires to generate innovative methodology that combines multi-objective modelling (utilizing more than five in-house and newly developed models) with advanced big data and crowd-empowered remote sensing analyses. More

Sustainable Bioeconomy Futures – From Malaysia to South East Asia

Special Activity on Integrated Bioeconomy in South East Asia More


The Sentinel satellites are the space-observing part of the Copernicus system. Data coming from the Sentinels is used to deliver Copernicus Services as well as being used by companies to deliver products and services. In this project, we are concerned with products and services which use some data coming from Sentinel satellites and analyze their impact and value to society and the citizen. More

SEPA Modelling

The project ”Mediated modelling of forest ecosystems services to support management” aims at developing systems analysis for managing conflicts between wildlife, forestry, and society in Sweden to improve national and regional forest and wildlife management policy. More


SUPREMA comes to address the challenge of improving the capacity of current models, connect them or redesign them to deliver on an increasing variety of policy objectives, and to explore future directions for agricultural modelling in Europe by proposing a meta-platform that supports modelling groups linked already through various other platforms and networks. More

The Food Systems Podcast

Inviting actors in the global food system to talk about their role in this inter-linked, complex system. More

Urban Climate Change Adaptation for Austrian Cities: Urban Heat Islands (ADAPT-UHI)

The aim of the project is to support urban planners in decision making, by developing strategies and action plans for climate change adaptation and mitigation in small- to medium-sized cities in Austria. More


The European project VERIFY aims to provide the European Commission with a system to estimate greenhouse gas emissions to support emission reporting submitted by each country under the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change. More

WeObserve: An ecosystem of citizen observatories for environmental monitoring

How will building a sustainable ecosystem of citizen observatories help move citizen science into the mainstream? More

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Last edited: 21 April 2020


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Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

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Principal Research Scholar Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

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