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Head: Dr. Thomas Wohlgemuth

We study the importance of extreme events such as drought, storms, forest fires or clearings for the forest dynamics. In the frame  of such disturbances we focus on:

  • resistance to disturbance: the potential to resist; we experimentally test the drought resistance of regenerating trees
  •  resilience after disturbance: the potential to regenerate; we monitor severely disturbed forests on the basis of systematic or stratified samples
  • functional traits of forest plant species

Both the strong climate warming and a growing demand of forest goods (timber, fuel) will result in a general increase of disturbances. We elaborate basic knowledge for an adaptive forest management.

 

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