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Simulating post-glacial vegetation development of forest ecosystems in the Eastern Alps. Evaluation of a forest succession model.

Project Leader
Lexer Manfred Josef, Project Leader
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Drescher Ruth, Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Drescher Ruth;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Daim Cornelia, Project Staff (bis 31.03.2009)
Groll Nikolaus, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Institute of Silviculture
Funded by
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) , Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
For a watershed in the eastern Alps the postglacial vegetation development is reconstructed from a Holocene pollen profile and locally derived R-values. Holocene time series of climate data are reconstructed from proxy data and longterm measurements of temperature and precipitation. A 3D-succession model is implemented at pixel-basis of a GIS and spatially explicit vegetation development for the Holocene is simulated. Model reliability is analysed by comparison of simulated and reconstructed vegetation data.

computer-aided simulation; geobotany; ecological system research; palaeobotany; climatology; computer-aided simulation; silviculture;
holocene; climate change; vegetation;

Jäger, D., Lexer, M.J., Hönninger, K., Drescher, R., Scheifinger, H., Groll, N., Matulla, C. (2001): Simulation of post glacial vegetation development of forest ecosystems in the Easten Alps. Evaluation of a forest succession model..

Poster-presentation at the Young Scientists Conference on Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, 25 to 28 Sept.2001, Trafoi Stilfs/Stelvio, Italy

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