Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)

Project Groups

The CRC 990 is subdivided into following project groups:

Project Group A – Environmental processes

The SPs in project group A investigate the effects of land transformations in Jambi region on environmental processes in soil, water and atmosphere at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Research activities will focus on questions relating to the carbon and nitrogen cycles in land transformation systems, nutrient availability, strengths of greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, N2O and NO) sinks and sources.

Project Group B – Biota and ecosystem services

The SPs in project group B investigate in a comprehensive way biota and their ecosystem services form a biodiversity and matter flux perspective. Using a common design biota and ecosystem services will be investigated in tropical lowland rainforest and three agriculture transformation systems. Plant, microbial and animal biodiversity will be investigated across transformation systems and landscapes.


Project Group C - Human dimensions

The socioeconomic projects in group C analyze the driving forces of observed land use changes (e.g., the expansion of oil palm and intensive rubber plantations), their impacts, as well as resulting policy implications. Driving forces include international market forces (e.g., oil price developments) and regimes (e.g., WTO, UNFCCC), national and regional policies, as well as institutional, socio-demographic and cultural factors at the micro level. Historical aspects will also be examined. The impact analysis focuses on a diverse set of socioeconomic functions of transformation systems, including economic (e.g., profit, income, employment) and social (e.g., income distribution, risk, poverty, food security, culture, gender) effects.


Project Group INF - information system and research data management
The main Project goals are to set up a state-of-the-art information system which serves all scientific projects as the central service point to manage and analyse their data and to potentially reuse other projects’ data. Further, to develop a common data policy and data management plans for individual projects and to offer data publication and long-term preservation options. This project group also aims to support the whole CRC in all data curation issues and to publicly disseminate examples and guidelines for a research data infrastructure based on the project results.


Figure above: Structure of the CRC with project groups A, B and C, INF and central management