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Research projects

D-STRESS-CH – Drought STress REsponse of Scots pineS: linking Carbon allocation and Hydraulic pathways
D-STRESS-CH

The project D-STRESS-CH aims at generating an integrated, tree-level understanding of how water deficit affects the hydraulic xylem architecture, plant-water relations, and carbon allocation.

Available languages: English 

Lötschental offers an ideal setting to study the influence of global warming on tree-growth
Lötschental

Lötschental offers an ideal setting to study the influence of global warming on tree-growth

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Irrigation Experiment Pfynwald
Irrigation Experiment Pfynwald

Drought-induced forest decline will gain in importance as the frequency and severity of drought events are expected to increase in the context of climate change. To understand how chronic drought affects tree growth, we study mature Scots pine in an irrigation experiment in an inner-Alpine dry valley since 2003.

Available languages: English 

TreeLife
TreeLife

Life history of Fagus sylvatica and Picea abies: exploring and testing dendroecological methods

Available languages: English 

Linking dendrochronology with ecophysiology: The influence of water stress on cambial activity
Influence of water stress on cambial activity

In a changing environment, the analysis of how forest ecosystems may react under scenarios involving changing climatic conditions is of major importance. This project wants to evaluate the influence of expected climatic changes (precepitation and temperature regimes) on trees and the state of our forests.

Available languages: English 

Changes in subalpine spruce forests under the impact of climate change – a case study in Bulgaria
Bulgarische Bergwälder

In large uncultivated forests in Bulgaria, the SLF is investigating the potential reaction of mountain woodland to climate change.

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Natürliche Dynamik von subalpinen Lawinenschutzwäldern
Gebirgswalddynamik

Gebirgswälder bieten den umfassendsten Schutz vor Lawinen und anderen Naturgefahren. Die Schutzwirksamkeit kann sich aber über Raum und Zeit stark ändern. In diesem Projekt wird die natürliche Dynamik von subalpinen Gebirgswäldern untersucht, welche für die Schutzwirksamkeit besonders kritisch sind.

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Alpine treelines in a CO2-rich and warm world
Alpine treelines

Concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and temperatures will strongly increase during the next century. We are investigating how these climatic changes will affect plant growth, biodiversity, and the cycling of carbon and nutrients in temperature sensitive ecosystems at the alpine treeline.

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Treeline research area Stillberg
Stillberg

At the treeline research area Stillberg, researchers studying the interactions between snow, avalanches and trees at the alpine treeline for over 30 years now. A unique data base is already available, which is used to answer scientific and practical questions. Currently, there are six ongoing projects.

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Quantifying and improving the protective capacity of forests against snow avalanches
EPIC

Snow avalanche interaction with forests is evaluated in three mountains ranges of the world: the Andes (Chile), the Himalayas (Nepal) and the Alps (Switzerland). We aim at better integrating forest effects in existing avalanche dynamics models for risk analyses, as well as deducing adapted strategies for forest management in different mountain ecosystems.

Available languages: English 

Long-term treeline research at Stillberg
Long-term treeline research

From 1975 to 1995, an intense monitoring of the planted pine, mountain pine and larch trees was carried out at Stillberg which is continued more extensively since 2005. A comparison with earlier records allows studying the influence of site factors and neighboring interactions in space and time.

Available languages: German  English  French  Italian 

 

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