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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-02-01 - 2021-01-31

The goal of this project is to establish an isotope technology platform in NÖ which underpins and supports product innovation, economic development and scientific research across a wide range of applied science disciplines. Moreover within this project we want to establish a quality management system that engenders confidence and trust in the laboratory outputs, whilst securing and developing the institutional technical knowhow of the applicants (Milestone 1). Through publications and events we want to publicize and make available this isotope technology to appropriate business stakeholders in NÖ, in order to establish business-research collaborative projects and endeavors in order to back-up the successful development of high value innovative and sustainable products (Milestone 2). Given our new role, we want to build on our NÖ networks and renew and strengthen our linkages with companies and researchers within the county and provide them access to our international networks of collaborators. Our focus will be on developing isotope tools for the development and assessment of bio-based products and solutions in the fields of sustainable agriculture, land use and protection of natural resources. Furthermore we will build on our successes in developing nature based decarbonization strategies for industry and agriculture, which are founded on isotopic investigations, and the application of compound specific stable isotope analysis for the protection of natural resources.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2014-08-28 - 2015-06-30

As a result of global warming increased exceptional floods and extreme heavy precipitation events take place. So the risk of remobilization of deposits increases. Subsequently radioactive heavily contaminated sediments can be mobilized. At LLC-Laboratory Arsenal radioactivity of the danube compartiments: water (dissolved radionuclides), suspended matter and sediment are continuously monitored based on monthly composite samples and event-related samples during floods since 1984. This is a unique Central European radioecological long time series of measurements. The continuation of this sampling and data collection is of great importance to meet future challenges in radiation protection with regard to potential large-scale environmental contamination.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-01 - 2019-11-30

Forests are increasingly exposed to climate-driven biotic and abiotic disturbances. Climate change could thus jeopardize forests' capacity to deliver ecosystem services. There is therefore an urgent need to adapt forest management so as to promote and improve forest resilience at different spatial and temporal scales. Mixed forests are considered as one of the main options for adapting to and reducing risks of climate change. Higher tree species diversity is expected to provide higher productivity, higher temporal stability, higher resistance and resilience to disturbances and a more diverse portfolio of ecosystem services. However, knowledge about how to design and manage mixed forests to achieve these potential benefits is still lacking. REFORM aims at identifying the most optimal composition and management of mixed forests in order to reduce natural and socio-economic impacts of climate change. REFORM is based on data from observational, experimental and modelling platforms provided by twelve partners from ten countries covering different bioclimatic regions in Europe. It will investigate mixed forest features, like species composition, mixing patterns, stand age and density, that best explain resistance and resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. It will define the management options to achieve and maintain these optimal mixed forest features. The impact of these management alternatives on the provision of ecosystem services will be also evaluated. REFORM will provide forest managers with practical tools for increasing resilience of mixed forests using a scenario analysis at different scales, including local-adapted silviculture guidelines, forest models, and transnational training forest networks. The project will make recommendations to forest policy makers for the promotion of resilient mixed forestry.

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