In a recent paper published in PNAS we show that large recent fires in the Western US dampen and delay the risk for future bark beetle outbreaks. Disturbance-induced variability in stand structure was identified as a main mechanism of negative feedbacks between disturbances.
Paper "Changes of forest cover and disturbance regimes in the mountain forests of the Alps" published in Forest Ecology and Management
In cooperation with Bavarian Forest National Park, a RESIN-study took place on five experimental study sites in and around Germanys oldest National Park. For this study, the diameters, vital states and exact locations of around 8.500 trees were measured, accompanied by over 1.900 canopy photographies enabling a detailed estimation of solar radiation.
The annual meeting of the COST Action PROFOUND took place in Krakow, Poland from Sep. 28-29 2016
The analysis of the tree cores collected earlier this summer in the Stubai Valley, Tirol has started!
Paper "The historical disturbance regime of mountain Norway spruce forests in the Western Carpathians and its influence on current forest structure and composition" published in Forest Ecology and Management.
A walk on the wild side: Disturbance dynamics and the conservation and management of European mountain forest ecosystems
In July 2016, a field campaign for RESIN took place in the mountain forests of the Stubai valley in Tyrol, Austria. During the two-week field work 400 tree cores on 20 different sites were collected for later analysis.
The RESIN project and, more specifically, the simulation model that will be heavily applied in the project were presented at the International Congress for Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMs).
The RESIN kick-off meeting took place in Vienna on April 5-6, 2016.