Green roof habitats
Green roof: habitats facing climate change and biodiversity crisis
In the project "Green Roof Habitats" we investigate together with the participating schools
1) what contribution green roofs can make to improve biodiversity,
2) whether green roofs in the Alpine region can persist in the long term in view of climate change and the associated extreme weather events, and
3) which modern methods for surveying insect diversity are particularly useful in the context of Citizen Science.
We will investigated this together with schools with access to green roofs - as well as with citizen scientists who have their own green roofs. The contributions of the partner schools includes looking after insect traps, taking measurements (temperature, soil moisture, evaporation, etc.) and observing animals and plants on the green roof and in the vicinity of the schools.
Through investigations in the immediate vicinity of the school, reference is made to the reality of life of the pupils involved. In this way, even complex topics such as biodiversity, climate change and genetic methods can be taught in a practical way and awareness is raised for challenges related to global change. In addition to the schools involved, owners of green roofs can also participate in the research by reporting private green roofs in a database and by caring out simple observations (e.g. butterflies).
(Photocredit © Johannes Rüdisser)