Effects of climate change on nature

A rooftop meteorological station, high above the TUM School of Life Sciences Cam
A rooftop meteorological station, high above the TUM School of Life Sciences Campus, is used for measurements and for testing measurement equipment before field use. Image: Juli Eberle / TUM

Annette Menzel, Professor of Ecoclimatology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Weihenstephan, will talk about the effects of climate change on nature in a lecture. The lecture, which ist part of the TUM@Freising series will be on May 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the Lindenkeller. For the first time, the event is now taking place again in the Lindenkeller after a two-year break. There will also be a livestream.

We are all affected by global warming. Its impacts are already tangible and will require wide-ranging adaptions from humans and nature in future. Annette Menzel conducts research into these complex changes with the aim of finding a practical means of handling them - together with the citizens of Bavaria. An interactive online portal by the name of BAYSICS provides a forum for this dialog.

"Long-term measurements of flowering dates provide information on whether the start of the growing season or, very specifically, the pollen season is changing. Rising temperatures, for example, affect the start of flowering - and thus also the pollen count," says Annette Menzel. Climate change is causing everything to green up earlier, but whether the duration of flowering and thus the flowering season are also changing has not yet been fully clarified.

In her lecture, Prof. Menzel describes how citizens can become researchers themselves with easy-to-use tools. She also discusses the causes, effects and consequences of climate change with regard to nature. After the lecture there will be the possibility to ask questions to the speaker. J. Philipp Benz , Professor of Fungal Biotechnology in Wood Science at TUM will moderate the event. There will be a livestream available. https://www.wzw.tum.de/i­ndex.php’id=10