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Project name:SOS - Save our Surface
Project leader:

Andreas Exner (EB&P Umweltbüro GmbH, Co-ordinator)
Andreas Gobiet (Uni Graz)

Project team:
Michael Beham (Junior scientist: Climate Scenarios)
Thomas Mendlik (Scientist: Statistical Downscaling)

Energieautark Consulting GmbH (Wien)
Institut für Elektische Anlagen und Energiewirtschaft, Energy Economics Group (TU Wien)
Lehr- und Forschungszentrum (LFZ) Raumberg- Gumpenstein
Ludwig -  Bölkow -  Systemtechnik GmbH
Department für Wald- und Bodenwissenschaften, Institu für Waldbau (BOKU Wien)
Institut für Soziale Ökologie, Alpen -  Adria - Universität, Klagenfurt


Duration:Jan. 2009 - Jul. 2012



The use of non-renewable resources must be reduced or replaced by renewables, with biomass playing a crucial role. As a result, competition between material and energetic uses of biomass as well as between the production of biomass and food occurs. Land use-competition can be aggravated if productivity is reduced due to climate change as well as rising prices and shortages of fossil materials.

The main goal of the project is the development of political options for a sustainable land use in Austria in view of (1) climate change, (2) rising prices and shortages of fossil materials and chemical fertilizers and (3) a growing demand for biomass. „SOS” thus proposes concrete governance procedures and strategies in order to minimize land use-competition.


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