The main objectives in ICLEA are:
1. To integrate instrumental monitoring data, remote sensing information and model-understanding with proxy data analyses for a comprehensive understanding of landscape evolution processes at all relevant time scales in the northern-central European lowlands.
2. To elucidate the impact and interaction of different landscape forming processes (climate, land use) from natural environmental archives (lake sediments, tree rings, soil chronosequences) at an unprecedented level of detail and temporal accuracy.
3. To establish a synchronised chronology for the time interval since the last glaciation (Holocene and Lateglacial) for combining the investigated natural archives (lakes, trees, soil) through multiple dating approaches.
4. To provide data on natural background variability of climate and landscape evolution with quantified precision.
5. To set up a database with the best data available for assessing thresholds and tipping points, as well as establishing more realistic model scenarios for future landscape developments.
ICLEA - A Virtual Institute within the Helmholtz Association