Project Design

Project structure and work packages

Project structure and Work Packages

TERRANOVA provides a better understanding of the natural and social drivers of landscape change in Europe. The dialogue with a wide array of stakeholders will inform the researchers on the desirable balance between changes in cultural and natural landscapes (cf. the European Landscape Convention). Current and future transitions will be put into a long-term perspective. Landscapes in need of assisted restoration and proactive measures will be identified. Land management options will be investigated from the perception of European landscapes as multifunctional mosaics contributing to Natural Capital.

Interaction workpackages


TERRANOVA is divided into six Work Packages (WPs). The 15 individual Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects are grouped together to ensure continuous interdisciplinary and intersectoral exchange of research experience and results. All projects contribute to

  1. The interdisciplinary assembly of the digital atlas of integrated modelling of Holocene land-cover change in Europe over different cultural ERs (WPs 2- 3),
  2. The production of policy documents, white papers and future strategies (WPs 3- 4).

Individual research projects and field laboratories

The individual research projects will be implemented at regional and continental scales across a number of common field laboratory sites, as well as across the Atlas and Policy groups.

ESRs 1, 6-10, and 12-14 will perform a spatial and temporal analysis of combined Holocene palaeoclimatic, palaeoecological, mega faunal and future landscape management data ranging from the European scale to specified field laboratories.
ESRs 2-5, 11 and 15 will perform regional landscape archaeological syntheses, assessments of regional rewilding frameworks, and decision support analysis on a European field laboratory scale.

Climatological field laboratories

Selection of the three TERRANOVA field laboratory areas within the European landscape is based on: 

  1. The continental variation in climatic settings,
  2. The availability and disclosure of interdisciplinary data resources within the selected area,
  3. The potential of multiple disciplines within TERRANOVA to retrieve and compare data from the same laboratory area to reconstruct and rethink human-environment interactions on the landscape.