Managed swamps are large sources of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide in agriculture and make up 6.6 per cent of total emissions in Germany.
Complete renaturation would be the most favourable measure for the climate, biodiversity, and water retention. However, this takes place at the expense of usage requirements, which is why so-called paludicultures have recently been subject to research as a swamp-friendly management alternative.
This work focuses on quantifying and modelling the greenhouse gas emissions from various paludiculture plants on a drained and now experimentally re-waterlogged low moor location. Furthermore, the impact of global warming predicted on grassland on low moor locations is considered, so as to elaborate adaptation and mitigation strategies for agriculture.
In order to develop effective measures, specific savings calculations, and guidelines for action on plant establishment and conversion of use are necessary for agriculture and politics, to which basis this work should contribute.
Examinations are carried out in the framework of the externally funded projects MOORadapt (adaptation of moors to climate change predicted in Bavaria – focus low moors, duration 2016 – 2019), and MOORuse (paludicultures for fen soils in Bavaria – establishment, climate relevance & environmental effects, exploitation possibilities and economic efficiency, duration 2016 – 2021).
The dissertation is assigned to the subject of vegetation ecology, Institute for Ecology and Landscape, Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) under the supervision of Dr Matthias Drösler (HSWT), Dr Hans Peter Schmid (Technical University of Munich, TUM) and Dr Tim Eickenscheidt (HSWT).