Quantifying the effects of spatial, temporal and social heterogeneity on ecological and socioeconomic functions
Overall, Focus 2 investigates the following three Hypotheses:
In Phase 3, the ecological projects will continue to investigate the different land-use systems within EFForTS Core Plot Design that are nested within farm, community and landscape levels. This research will generate data on temporal and spatial heterogeneity in ecological and socioeconomic functions allowing more complex and comprehensive analyses and conclusions. Likewise, the continuation of data collection in the socioeconomic projects will generate time series and panel data at plot, farm, household, and village levels, which will allow in-depth analyses of how socioeconomic functions vary in space and time dependent on the social context.
In Phase 3, the EFForTS-OPMX (see above), which experimentally varies the land-use intensity of oil palm plantations, and the EFForTS-BEE (B11 Hölscher/Kreft/Wollni, see above), which consists of varying levels of tree diversity in oil palm plantations, will generate more data to understand sources and implications of heterogeneity within oil palm. Finally, the novel Landscape Assessment planned in Phase 3 is designed to cover more heterogeneity within land-use systems. Coordinated collection of ecological and socio-economic data from 100 new study plots and the associated land-owners will allow us to analyse how heterogeneity across different ecological and socioeconomic functions is correlated within and across land-uses.