Ron Meier-Uhlherr, Nadine Nusko, Philipp Arndt, Vera Luthardt
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
climate-change, germany, peatlands
Meier-Uhlherr et al 2012: Estimating the Vulnerability of Mires and Peatlands to Climate Change in North-East Germany
Theme I. Inventory, stratigraphy and conservation of mires and peatlands
The federal state of Brandenburg in NE-Germany will be significantly affected by climate change with an effect on biodiversity. Because of having one of the largest shares of peatlands of all German states, an index was designed to estimate the vulnerability of mires and peatlands to climate change. As vulnerability results from the interaction of change in exposure, particular sensitivity as well as adaptive capacity, several parameters were identified and considered differently following this concept. The outputs could be used to priority setting in nature conservation but contribute also to a better understanding about the essentially various influences that control the basic characteristics of peatlands.