Carbon Sequestration, Biodiversity and Social Structures in Southern Amazonia: Models and Implementation of Carbon-Optimized Land Management Strategies


During the past decade Southern Amazonia has faced massive land-use and land-cover changes. In Mato Grosso, the expansion of area under soybean has been identified as an important driver for deforestation and for the replacement of grazing land (Morton et al., 2006). Together with future climate change, this dynamics will have negative consequences on carbon sequestration both in vegetation and soil as well as on the emission of other greenhouse gases related to agricultural activities. Central research questions of the CESR subproject are (1) to analyse the mechanisms of land-use change within the study region as a basis to simulate future land-use scenarios under changing socio-economic and climate conditions and (2) to support the development and the testing of management strategies for the urban and agricultural sectors with respect to the regional carbon balance, the emission of greenhouse gases and landscape functions.

Funding agency


Project duration

June 2011  −  May 2016

Project management

Rüdiger Schaldach

Project staff

Jan Goepel
Christof Schneider
Jan Schüngel