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Projects

Verdrängen Flaumeichen die Waldföhren im Wallis?
Föhrensterben im Wallis

Im Wallis weisen die Waldföhren seit Jahrzehnten eine erhöhte Sterberate auf. Dafür wächst vermehrt die Flaumeiche. Wissenschafter der WSL haben die komplexen Ursachen des Waldföhrensterbens entschlüsselt.

Available languages: German 

FORECOM Forest cover changes in mountainous regions - drivers, trajectories and implications
FORECOM Forest cover changes in mountainous regions

In the Polish-Swiss joint research project Forecom we will analyze historical forest cover changes and their drivers in the Carpatians and Alps. We will develop scenarios of potential future forest cover changes and assess the impact of past and future changes on key ecosystem services.

Available languages: German  English 

Fire regimes and forest dynamics: a study of spatio-temporal ecosystem processes in the Valais (Switzerland) using historical ecology and modeling
Fire regimes and forest dynamics

In many regions of the world, fires are a major driver of vegetation development. Understanding the various factors that are crucial for shaping the current fire regime requires a multi-faceted approach. In this project, the scientists analyze the past, present, and future fire regimes of a region that is likely to become more fire-prone in the future, the Canton of Valais.

Available languages: English 

Impact of leaf litter collecting in forests – an experiment
Impact of leaf litter collecting in forests

Only 150 years ago, Swiss forests were markedly affected by agro-forestal uses. In many places leaf litter was collected for different reasons. By experimental removing of the leaf litter, we examine the ecological consequences of this forest use and we evaluate it's potential as a new tool for nature conservation in forests.

Available languages: German  English 

Driving forces of landscape change 1930-2000 in the Limmat Valley, Switzerland
Limmat Valley

This research identifies the driving forces that changed the Limmattal from a traditional agricultural valley in 1930 to a periurban region in 2000. We linked 2746 changes with driving forces and aggregated the data to estimate the contribution of driving forces groups and administrative levels.

Available languages: German  English 

Political driving forces of urban change
Agglomeration Obersee

Politische driving forces der Urbanisierung in der Region „Agglomeration Obersee“ (oberer Zürichsee, Schweiz)

Available languages: German  English 

Effects of litter removal on the nutrient and carbon regime of forest soils
Litter removal in forests

The project investigates the effects of litter removal on the carbon stock and the nutrient dynamic of various forest soils in Switzerland.

Available languages: English 

Traditionelle Formen der Waldnutzung
Waldgeschichten

Die Nutzung des Waldes in der Schweiz hat sich seit der 1950er Jahre grundlegend verändert. Viele traditionelle Waldnutzungen verschwanden. Sie sind oft kaum dokumentiert, obschon sie aus kulturhistorischer und ökologischer Sicht von grossem Interesse sind. Diese Veränderungen werden mit der Methodik von Oral History dokumentiert und analysiert.

Available languages: German 

Forest dynamics in Switzerland - pattern, driving forces and ecological implications
Forest dynamics in Switzerland - pattern, driving forces and ecological implications

Aim of the project is the reconstruction of forest changes in Switzerland (since 1840) and Canton of Zurich (since 1667) to study forest dynamics and search for transition processes. The driving forces and ecological implications of forest area change will be determined.

Available languages: English 

WEHIS Wetland History Switzerland
WEHIS Wetland History Switzerland

History of wetlands in Switzerland since 1700

Available languages: German  English 

 

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