research methodology and approach

The transdisciplinary approach of TERRANOVA bridges the past and the future by

  1. learning from the past to manage the future and
  2. exploring strategies to preserve landscapes of the past as values for landscape users of the future.

Designing land management for the future will benefit from reconstructing past landscape changes in relation to past energy regimes and associated environments; and enrich future policy guidelines. Reconstructions of past environments will produce high-resolution data of energy regimes and their transitions from the continental scale to the TerraNova field laboratory regions supporting analysis of human-environment interactions. Results will be documented in an open-access digital atlas of ancient landscapes, energy regimes and climate scenarios.

TerraNova analyses proxy data sources to:
(i) model past climates and anthropogenic land cover,
(ii) compile and synthesise archaeological, palaeobotanical and macrofaunal data,
(iii) perform spatial mapping and stakeholder-based evaluation of biodiversity and ecosystem services,
(iv) model future land use in the cultural landscape
(v) apply long-term landscape change on decision analysis. These different lenses provide an overarching view of the socio-ecological system and provide the basis for translating the analysis of the past and present into recommendations for future landscape management.
TerraNova will create new networks combining students, teachers and entrepreneurs. By pooling existing knowledge and experience, TerraNova will thus generate new avenues of analysis and landscape management that are rooted in the land use history but adapted to future challenges and contexts.