Review on renewable energies and ecosystem service impacts

Are hydropower plants impacting natural hazard protection? How far windmills impact bird and bats populations? Does the use of forest biomass impact the recreational value of forests? Do ground mounted photovoltaic installations seal soil surfaces? A scientific literature review adresses these and many other questions on ecosystem service impacts of renewable energy sources. This review was rechently […]

hastik

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis

What’s the scenario?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Knowledge transfer | No Comments
This image shows a mock-up the Decision Support Tool, which will be the outcome of IIASA’s work on the recharge.green project.  The menu on the left allows the used to select scenarios or desired output dimensions (power, emissions, costs).

The recharge.green project is coming to a close, and with that, IIASA researchers are now working to put together all the pieces they have been modeling over the past two years. What comes out of the model in the end will be a set of around 150 scenarios, which – in their combinations – show […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Summer school final event in Information Centre TNP Bled (Slovenia)

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Knowledge transfer | No Comments
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Participants of the Summer School on Pokljuka presented the data and conclusions on serveys of soil, flora, fauna, forest biomass and ecosystem services at the final event in the Information Centre TNP Bled on 17th of December 2014. Students presented interesting findings to the general public through presentations and posters. The zoology research group found […]

petrinjak

About Alenka Petrinjak

Alenka Petrinjak, biologist, Project manager at Triglav National Park

The Spatial Decision Support System

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The Spatial Decision Support System What is it the renewable energy potential in the Triglav Park (Slovenia), in the Mae and Mis Valley (north of Italy), in Leiblachtal (Voralberg) or in the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime (north-west of Italy)? What is the impact on habitats for plants and animals? In order to answer to […]

garegnani

About Giulia Garegnani

Giulia Garegnani is an Environmental Engineering at European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, in the north east of Italy. EURAC researchers are working on the renewable energy potential and the trade-off between production and ecosystem services.

Literature review on Renewable Energies and Ecosystem Service impacts

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Knowledge transfer | No Comments

Which species are particularly sensible to the use of forest biomass in the Alps? How does the use full tree harvesting impact the productivity of alpine soils? Do biogas facitlities fit to the structure of alpine agriculture? How are wind mills experienced by tourists in the context alpine landscape aesthetics? Do ground mounted photovoltaics seal […]

hastik

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis