The Centre for Sustainable Landscape Development carries out basic and applied interdisciplinary research for enhancing the process and system understanding of severely disturbed landscapes and for optimizing land use for such sites.
Severely disturbed landscapes can be found worldwide as the consequence of massive alterations of natural processes and structures of landscapes. Reasons are natural and anthropogenic influences such as mining operations. As a result important ecological and socioeconomic functions of landscapes are reduced and adapted land and water use strategies based on technical means have to be developed.
An important regional focus of ZfNL is laid on further investigations of the Lusatian post-mining landscapes. Lusatia offers an excellent regional case study as lignite is produced here in large open cast mines for decades. The resulting disturbances in the region can be seen as exemplary for other mining regions worldwide. Therefore, ZfNL seeks contact to international partner institutions.