Research Module: Layers of the Anthropocene

  Plan © Fig.: 2023 Landsat-9 false colour composite of the Manaus region. Source: own representation containing data courtesy of the U.S. Geological Service.  

Course Content

The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world, covering 47 % of South America with an area of 4390 Km2, shared by nine countries. It is a globally important ecosystem that has been under intense human pressure for many decades. Therefore, land cover and land use (LCLU) in the Amazon region has been changing rapidly affecting the global climate resilience of the ecosystem. The loss of native vegetation to cattle ranching and agriculture has been particually evident. From 1985 to 2020, the Amazon lost 746 Km2 of native vegetation, with Brazil accounting for almost 60% of the deforestation. Against this background, this research module aims to provide an overview of the Amazon region by analyzing LCLU transformations and elaborating on the global importance and challenges facing changing climate conditions. The research module combines spatial analysis and bibliographical research with inventive and original presentation of the layers of the Anthropocene in Amazon region.

The assignment for this module is to produce a research report of 2500 words and research poster. The course will conclude with an oral presentation.

Learning Objectives

The module aims giving insights about the challenges on the Amazon region. Many topics will be addressed, while the key issues are rainforest, deforestation, sustainability, climate change and resilience. Interdisciplinary teamwork is encouraged.

Module Responsible

Prof. Christa Reicher, Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism

Teaching Staff

Dr. Verônica Garcia Donoso, Fabio Bayro Kaiser


  • Kick-off: October 10, 16:00-18:00, SG301
  • Weekly, Tuesday 16:00-18:00, SG301

Examination Format

Research report, poster and oral examination