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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-06-01 - 2020-05-31

Disturbances attract a lot of attention as important driver of forest ecosystem development and the related provisioning of ecosystem services. Wind is among the most relevant disturbance factors in temperate forests. Moreover, wind disturbances are closely interrelated with other disturbance fac-tors such as bark beetles which results in complex disturbance regimes. While for predictive ecosys-tem modelling temperature and precipitation related climate drivers are well developed, the quality of wind speed data is low. Overall objective is to develop a methodology to “translate” RCM simulations into wind gust speed proxies that can then be used to drive forest models for climate change impact analysis and adaptation planning. We will use high-resolution weather models to reconstruct wind field structures that resulted in observed forest damage. Comparative analysis with related regional climate models (RCMs) will allow to derive proxies for wind gust speed at the spatial resolution of RCMs. The new wind gust speed estimates will be evaluated twofold: (1) With correlative modelling it will be evaluated how well the improved climate data sets can explain observed local storm damage in forests. (2) At regional scale we will use the improved climate data sets to simulate forest damages from wind and related bark beetle disturbances with a dynamic forets ecosystem model and compare the simulated damage with observed data. Overall, WINDFALLS will contribute to a substantial improvement in the ability to explain and project disturbance regimes.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2022-02-28

The Forest - Hunting Dialog in Austria was founded in 2012 with the idea to improve the interaction between hunters and forester so that the browsing and bark peeling impacts due to too high deer populations are reduced. Three working groups work on different aspects in preventing deer damage. Working group 1 deals with legal implications, Working group 2 addresses monitoring problems and strategies to enhance the documentation of the different deer damage counting systems, Working group 3 is related to public relation activities and public perception to enhance the public awareness of deer damage within Austrian forests.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-01 - 2025-02-28

The dissemination of forest research results is an important part within Science. The Austrian Journal of Forest Science (Centrallatt für das gesamte Forstwesen) is the most important forest science journal in Austria. It is also one of the oldest forestry journals in the world. The purpose of this activity is to establish the journal as on online open source journal to enhance the distribution.

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