• KiLi Associate Project 1:
  Studies on late Quaternary environmental dynamics (vegetation, biodiversity,   climate, soils, fire and human impact) on Mt. Kilimanjaro

From 03/2010 to 03/2013

Project leader:  Prof. Hermann Behling
Phd student:  Lisa Schüler
Co-Scientist :  Andreas Hemp

Lake sediments, peat cores and buried soils from different key areas at Mt. Kilimanjaro will be studied to reconstruct former and to predict future landscape dynamics on Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to better understand (1) local and regional ecosystems, climate, fire and soil dynamics in a larger context, (2) ecosystem dynamics and their reaction on environmental changes, (3) connections and disjunctions of different ecosystems (afroalpine grasslands, Erica belt, mountain forests, home gardens and savannas) and their role for the development of the biodiversity hot spots in East Africa, and (4) future ecosystem, climate, fire and soil dynamics within the Global Change phenomena.

The results will contribute to a better understanding of modern and future ecosystem dynamics and to maintain and manage the high biodiversity in the East African biodiversity hot spots by governmental and non-governmental agencies.