Research Fellow, Mountain Societies Research Institute
University of Central Asia
Human civilization depends greatly on ecosystems and the services they provide. These include soils, vegetation, precipitation and temperature regimes and many others. All these factors are in constant interaction, and human impact can affect the balance in ecosystems. Thus, it is important to understand how and to what extent the natural resources can sustainably be used without severe consequences.
The aim of this lecture is to present research results on an assessment of the interactions between soil, vegetation and climatic factors, and quantify them for better prediction in different utilisation and climate change scenarios. It will also investigate the impact of existing grazing practices on rangelands’ soil and vegetation resources. The research integrated extensive field expeditions in Fergana ridge on collection of soil samples, vegetation and social data, as well as laboratory analysis of soil, statistical analysis and modelling using remotely sensed and ground-truth data.
Maksim Kulikov is a Research Fellow at the University of Central Asia's Mountain Societies Research Institute. He completed his doctoral studies in natural sciences at Hamburg University in Germany. Kulikov conducted research on climate and human impact on natural resources of Kyrgyzstan with the focus on Fergana ridge. He has published several scientific articles on this topic in world renowned peer-reviewed journals, and presented the results in international scientific conferences. Kulikov also has broad experience of working in nature conservation organisations.