SwissForestLab - The Network promoting excellent forest ecosystem research in Switzerland and abroad
ecosystems and their indispensable services to humanity are increasingly
impacted by the extensive and fast global changes in society and environment.
Considering the future challenges, climate change, the loss of biodiversity and
invasive biota are amongst the most pressing environmental factors. They all
have the potential to fundamentally alter our forest ecosystems with respect to
biogeochemical cycles, carbon sequestration potential, the demography of the
forests and their susceptibility to pests and diseases, forest biodiversity and
other fundamental services such as wood production and protection against
natural hazards. Sustainable use of forest resources needs to take these
challenges into account in order to maintain forest functioning and to support
the forest’s adaptation, acclimation and resilience potential.
The upcoming SwissForestLab will be established
as a worldwide unique research platform and infrastructural network to assess
the various effects of a dynamically changing environment on forests and trees
as well as on ecosystem functioning and services worldwide. The idea of the
The SwissForestLab will act as a one-stop-agency and promote synergies that will provide new insights and close knowledge gaps in forest ecosystem research. In addition, a better visibility of the existing expertise and infrastructure will be ensured as well as the establishment of innovative and interdisciplinary experiments and projects. Members of the SwissForestLab are scientists working in Switzerland. They and their junior researchers benefit from the network, the support of the SwissForestLab coordination team (search for partners, funding, infrastructure, approaches), the events offered (Workshops, working modules, Summerschools, lectures etc.) and international collaborations.