Terrestrial ecological systems and terrestrial climate were and are of crucial importance for the evolution of humans and the natural environment. They are extraordinarily dynamic and are characterized by a strong spatial and temporal heterogeneity. The study of the ecological systems and the climate of the continents is on the one hand dependent on high-resolution chronology and a spatially extensive database as possible, on the other hand it is based on a multiplicity of methodical approaches.
The terrestrial Palaeoclimatology work group focuses essentially on an organism base (vertebrates and plants as proxies) and is field oriented (own field work and excavations). In our research we also use isotope-geochemical and geophysical as well as database supported analyses.