Helmholtz Association

Terrestrial Environmental Programme

The goal of this programme is to preserve the natural foundations of human life and health. It addresses the effects of global  change and climate change on terrestrial environmental systems and formulates management strategies and options for sustainable social and economic development.

The research ranges from the micro to the global level, often emphasizing selected regions and landscapes. It is here that environmental problems become directly visible and management options can be identified.

Programme topics include land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services, plant growth, water resource management, risk assessment and risk reduction of chemicals in the environment, as well as observation platforms and integrated modelling.



Prof. Dr. Hauke Harms

Programme spokes person Terrestrical Systems

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Postal address:
04318 Leipzig

Phone: + 49 341 235 1260
Fax: +49 341 235 1351
hauke.harms (at) ufz.de


"Taking the pulse of the planet"

Brochure of the Helmholtz Earth Observatory Network