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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC IES - European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy)IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Alterra Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Researchpeer

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Statement from the PEER Director:

Dear Friends,

PEER has demonstrated throughout the past 15 years what we are able to achieve together within a strategic network which is based on a European Research Area concept.

Europe and consequently PEER has definitely suffered a significant setback by the decision of Britain to leave the EU. Nevertheless, PEER should stay committed to the ERA idea despite this problematic decision. I am absolutely convinced that our partner CEH is an indispensable partner in PEER and we need to identify ways to continue our fruitful collaborations even if common programs or projects will be harder to realize in future.

Sincerely,

Georg Teutsch
PEER Director

NEWS

River in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ
Improving predictions of the effects of climate change on ecosystems
08 September 2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ
Climate change will alter our ecosystems. Using ecological models, researchers are attempting to predict what kind of changes we can expect to see. Up to now, however, these predictions have not been accurate enough. An international team including researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) examined how to improve the predictive capacity of the models. Their recommendations are summarised in the latest issue of the journal Science.
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An extraordinarily extensive review of the Gulf of Finland’s status by three countries
07 September 2016, Marine, SYKE
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has published an assessment of the Gulf of Finland, compiling the research results of over a hundred Finnish, Russian and Estonian researchers. The over 300-page publication includes recent information on issues such as eutrophication, hazardous substances, invasive species, noise, maritime traffic, and plastic waste. The publication is the most important result of the Gulf of Finland Year arranged by the countries.
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Forest dominated by Gilbertiodendron dewevrei. Photo: X. van der Burgt, RBG Kew
How natural monocultures evolve in the rainforest
07 September 2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ
Tropical rainforests are richer in species than any other area on earth. In spite of this diversity, there are large areas in which one species of tree dominates. Scientists have now developed a computer model to explain this phenomenon, which is called "Monodominance": One species of tree can naturally dominate a forest over centuries, if it invests more in the weight of its seeds than the competition and if these seeds are also dispersed across a shorter distance, write scientists from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Oldenburg, in the Royal Society journal Interface.
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EVENTS

PEER scientific seminar on data integration, exploration and analytics
Big Data Integration, Exploration and Analytics in Environmental Sciences - Open PEER scientific seminar
02 September 2016, Environmental Technologies, Irstea
With the kind support of the scientific department of the French Embassy, the Institute Francais in Munich and the BFHZ (Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum).
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PEER scientific seminar
28 April 2016, PEER
This seminar which is being held in Berlin shall be dedicated to discussions on potential future PEER activities.
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