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My research interests
Water quality in forest soils
Soil water is essential for the nutrition and the transpiration of trees. It is also important for humans, since groundwater coming from forested areas is usually of good quality and is used as drinking water. However, the atmospheric deposition of acidifying substances and of nitrogen compounds coming from human activities represent potential stress factors for forest ecosystems and large excess of nitrate in the infiltrating water might threaten the groundwater quality.
The main questions that are keeping me busy are:
Water availability in forest soils
Estimating the water availability for plants in forest soils is also a central topic in my work. Climate changes, especially climate warming and the modification in the precipitation pattern, have an effect on the water availability in the soils and might therefore affect forest ecosystems (e.g. changes in tree growth, in mortality or in tree species).