Forest disturbance in a changing world

Tatra mountains modeling workshop

Within the frame of the RESIN project a focal site of analysis will be the Tatra mountains in Slovakia. In a recent workshop together with colleagues from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary we’ve kicked off our simulation work for the area.

A key aim of RESIN is to understand the disturbance regime of Central Europe by contrasting the dynamics in different landscapes in the area. One of the focal sites for this analysis is in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia. After considerable preparation (data gathering, a field trip to the area from the BOKU team, etc.) we’ve now started to implement the Tatra study landscape in the iLand model.

To facilitate the simulation in the Tatra mountains the RESIN collaborators Tomas Hlasny, Laura Dobor, and Ivan Barka visited BOKU for a two-day workshop in December of 2016. With the help of their local expertise we made great strides towards bringing the forests of the western Carpathians into the iLand framework.

At the workshop, discussions concerned local data availability and issues of model handling, but also addressed the important question of of testing the model against independent data when first applying it in a new study environment. In addition, we’ve already ventilated a number of exciting ideas on how to put the model to use once everything is set up and evaluated.

Written by rupert on Friday January 13, 2017

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