bayklif - The Bavarian Climate Research Network

Background and Goals

The research network bayklif aims at consolidating and strengthening Bavarian research efforts in climate change and its consequences, which are already visible at an international level. As a result, Bavaria will be able to counterbalance climate change in the long term by elaborating possible courses of action for politics, economics and society. Bayklif's main research areas are:

  • the ecological and social consequences of climate change
  • the development and application of procedures, strategies and models to mitigate climate change and to adapt regionally to its consequences
  • the evaluation and design of regional and supraregional strategies and political instruments for climate protection and adaptation

bayklif will utilize and build upon the existing competencies at Bavarian universities. To this effect, a central approach of bayklif consists in the interdisciplinary network of participating climate researchers and scientists. Within the five year funding period of bayklif, five interdisciplinary senior research associations and five junior research groups will be financed with a total sum of 18 million Euro.

Funded projects:

  • BayTreeNet – Talking Trees
  • BAYSICS – Bavarian Citizen Science Information Platform for Climate Research and Science Communication
  • AquaKlif – Influence of multiple stressors on watercourses in climate change
  • BLIZ – Looking into the future: interactions between society, land use, ecosystem services and biodiversity in Bavaria until 2100
  • LandKlif – Effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes and strategies for management of climate change

Junior research groups: 

  • ADAPT – Adaptation of Alpine Pollinators in Times of Global Change
  • Cleanvelope – Climate and energy active building envelopes as component of climate oriented urban development
  • MIntBio – Climate change impacts on biological diversity in Bavaria: multidimensional integration for better biodiversity projections
  • BayForDemo – Strategies for adapting Bavarian forests to climate change based on the simulation of demographic processes
  • HyBBEx – Hysteresis Effects in Bavarian Beech Forest Ecosystems through Climate Extremes

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Research area/region

  • Germany
Region of implementation (all German federal states)
  • Bavaria

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

Different approaches are used in the funded projects. In the "BAYSICS" project, phenological observation data are collected using a citizen science approach in order to record the effects of climate change on the plant world.

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

Different analyzes are carried out in the projects. In the "AquaKlif" project, the effects of climatic influencing factors on water ecology and water quality are investigated and approaches for management issues are developed. The "BayTreeNet" project examines the effects of individual large-scale weather conditions on the growth and ecological physiology of main tree species for different growth areas in Bavaria. "BLIZ" examines the effects of climate change on ecological systems (ecosystem services and biodiversity) and socio-economic systems (land use development) and their interactions. "LandKlif" examines the biodiversity and multifunctionality of near-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes in different climatic zones of Bavaria in order to show options for mitigating climate change and for adapting to changed climatic conditions.

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

Depending on the focus of the project, different measures and strategies for adapting to climate change are developed.


Funding / Financing 

Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts

Project management 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


bayklif includes research institutions in the following locations: Würzburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Regensburg, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Freising/ Weihenstephan, Augsburg, Garching, München.

The bayklif research network is intended to contribute to bundling and strengthening the existing and already internationally visible activities in climate and climate impact research in Bavaria. Between 2018 and 2023, five interdisciplinary joint projects and five junior research groups will be funded.

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