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Forest site classification Styria - ecological characterization for a dynamic forest site classification

Project Leader
Vacik Harald, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.10.2018-30.09.2021
Programme:
Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung - Beauftragung
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
ALPECON Wilhelmy e.U. Technisches Büro für Geowissenschaften, Franz-de-Paula-Penz-Weg 28, 6165 Telfes im Stubaital, Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Marcus Wilhelmy;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Federal Forest Office (BFW), Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Michael Englisch;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Joanneum Research , Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Herwig Proske;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
JR-AquaConSol GmbH, Steyrergasse 21, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Walter Poltnig;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Assoz.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerfried Winkler;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
WLM Tyrol - Vegetation Ecology and Environmental Planning, Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Ralf Klosterhuber;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Hohe Warte 38, 1190 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Alexander Podesser;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Köck Roland, Project Staff
Müller Mortimer, Project Staff
Holzbauer Dominic, Project Staff (bis 31.07.2020)
Kessler Michael, Project Staff
Dorfstetter Yasmin, Project Staff
Kainz Thomas, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Ecology
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Institute of Silviculture
Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
Subproject(s):
FORSITE Forest site classification Styria - Water and nutrients (FORSITE Wastl)
Subproject(s):
FORSITE Dendro (FORSITE Dendro)
Subproject(s):
Forest site classification Styria - ecological characterization for a dynamic forest site classification - meteorological part (FORESITE-Met)
Funded by
Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Entenplatz 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Abstract
A lack of forest site information in Styria asks for a new approach to forest site classification and mapping. Another challenge is the consideration of changing climatic conditions, which will affect the classification of forest sites and the choice of tree species. Theoretical concepts for a new approach in "dynamic site classification" exist, but the implementation of an integrated site and forest classification in for the whole forest area in Styria is a scientific challenge.
In this project the forest site classification will be based on a GIS-based geo-ecological stratification model. The database will be based on a digital elevation model, a geological base map, digitally available site and climate data as well as empirical site parameters. A map of forest types will be derived based on several thematic maps, including information about energy, water and nutrient balance. Those parameters will be modeled on the basis of point and area related data, which are then combined into forest types with a uniform combination of factors. The model allows a stratification of the forest types on all sites based on digital geo-ecological parameters (including height about sea level, slope, substrate, terrain, slope). Each forest type is represented on the forest type map at a scale of 1: 25,000. In addition to the ecological facts, each forest type is characterized by a description of silvicultural guidelines containing information on the appropriate choice of tree species, potential hazards and adaptation methods. There guidelines will also describe previous experiences with the tree species and their mixtures, and will provide recommendations for the future forest management with regard to climate change.
Keywords
Silviculture; Forest ecology; Forest growth; Soil science;
Tree Secies suitability; climate change; Site classification; Silvicultural Guidelines;
Publications

Vacik, H; Englisch, M; Klebinder, K; Klosterhuber, R; Formayer, H; Katzensteiner, K; Lexer, MJ; Kessler, M; Dorfstetter, Y; Wilhelmy, M; Winkler G; (2019): Waldtypisierung Steiermark – FORSITE - Erarbeitung der ökologischen Grundlagen für eine dynamische Waldtypisierung . [Poster]
[Österreichische Forsttagung 2019: Wälder im Klimastress - Strategien für die Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, Seckau bei Knittelfeld, Steiermark, May, 23-24, 2019]

In: Österreichischer Forstverein, Tagungsbeiträge - Österreichische Forsttagung 2019 FullText

Vacik, H; Formayer, H; Katzensteiner, K; Grabner. M; Wilhelmy, M; Englisch, M; Klebinder, K;Proske, H; Poltnig, W; Winkler, G; Klosterhuber, R; Podesser, A (2019): FORSITE - a dynamic forest site classification to support adaptive forest management.
[XXV IUFRO World Congress - Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Curitiba, Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2019]

, Pesquisa Florestal Brasileira, 39 e201902043, 386-386

Vacik, H; Formayer, H; Katzensteiner, K; Grabner, M; Wilhelmy, M; Englisch, M; Klebinder,K; Proske. H; Poltnig, W;Winkler, G; Klosterhuber, R; Podesser, A (2019): FORSITE - a dynamic forest site classification to support adaptive forest management.
[XXV IUFRO World Congress, Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Curitiba, Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2019]

In: IUFRO, Book of abstract

Englisch, M; Formayer, H; Katzensteiner, K; Klebinder, K; Klosterhuber, R; Lexer, MJ; Wilhelmy, M; Winkler, G; Vacik, H; (2019): Was kann eine dynamische Waldtypisierung leisten?.

, BFW Wien, Lackner Ch. [Red.], BFW-Praxisinfo 49/2019, Fichte ade?, 22-24, Wien; ISBN: 1815-3895 FullText

Vorträge

Vacik, H; Englisch, M; Klebinder, K; Klosterhuber, R; Formayer, H; Katzensteiner, K; Lexer, MJ; Kessler, M; Dorfstetter, Y; Wilhelmy, M; Winkler, G (2019): Waldtypisierung Steiermark – FORSITE - Erarbeitung der ökologischen Grundlagen für eine dynamische Waldtypisierung. [Poster]

Österreichische Forsttagung 2019 -Wälder im Klimastress - Strategien für die Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, May, 23-24, 2019, Seckau, Steiermark

Yasmin Dorfstetter, Harald Vacik, Michael Englisch, Klaus Klebinder, Ralf Klosterhuber, Gerfried Winkler, Walter Poltnig, Marcus Wilhelmy, Michael Grabner, Alexander Podesser, Herbert Formayer, Klaus Katzensteiner, Herwig Proske (2019): FORSITE - a dynamic forest site classification to support adaptive forest management.

Adapting forests to climate change, Nov 19-20, 2019, Toulouse, FRANCE FullText

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