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Enough wood for city and river? Vienna’s wood resources in dynamic Danube floodplains

Project Leader
Jungwirth Mathias, Project Leader
Contact person:
Hohensinner Severin
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt, IFF Vienna, Institute of Social Ecoloy, Centre for Envrionmental History, Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
ED&P Umweltbüro GmbH, Bahnhofstrasse 39/2, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria.
Contact person: Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gregory Egger;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Graz, Institute of Plant Sciences, Holteigasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Dr. Anton Drescher;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Hohensinner Severin, Sub Projectleader
Eckmüllner Otto, Project Staff
Hager Herbert, Project Staff
Haidvogl Gertrud, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Growth
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG)
Funded by
Nationalpark Donau-Auen GmbH, Schlossplatz 1, 2304 Orth an der Donau, Austria
Austrian Forest Agency, Purkersdorf, Austria, Pummergasse 10 – 12 , 3002 Purkersdorf, Austria
Jubiläumsfonds City of Vienna, Friedrich Schmidt Platz 5, 1080 Wien, Austria
What do we know about the natural productivity of riparian forests on large rivers prior to regulation and about their function as a source of raw materials and renewable energy? Can we draw conclusions for a sustainable resource management based on a historical reconstruction of the available timber resources centuries ago?
The project "Enough wood for city and river? Vienna’s wood resources in dynamic Danube floodplains" is designed to answer these questions.
An interdisciplinary research team consisting of river morphologists, vegetation/forest ecologists, and environmental historians investigates the Viennese Danube river landscape prior to regulation between 1820 and 1830 with a focus on three central topics:
(1) River morphological/forest ecological site conditions and natural productivity potential for wood resources in dynamic Danube floodplains before channelization,
(2) Historical use of locally available wood resources in a biomass-based society,
(3) Development possibilities of Danube riparian forests against the background of ecological/nature conservation requirements and the objectives for a sustainable management of renewable resources.
Besides new findings in respect of the sustainable use of semi-natural, partially restored riparian forests, the research project will also yield new insights into Vienna’s urban history and the historical change of its Danube river landscape.

plant sociology; geomorphology; cartography; river engineering; forest ecology; forestry; historical area studies; urban history;
riparian forest; Danube; fluvial morphology; historical; resources; urban history; Vienna;

Hohensinner, S; Jungwirth, M (2016): Die unbekannte dritte Dimension: Geländehöhen, Gewässertiefen und Dynamik österreichischer Donaulandschaften vor der Regulierung.

Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft, 68 (7-8), 324-341; ISSN 0945-358X FullText FullText_BOKU

Hohensinner, S; Drescher, A; Eckmüllner, O; Egger, G; Gierlinger, S; Hager, H; Haidvogl, G; Jungwirth, M (2013): Genug Holz für Stadt und Fluss? Wiens Holzressourcen in dynamischen Donau-Auen.

Jubiläumsfonds der Stadt Wien für die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Nationalpark Donau-Auen GesmbH, Österreichischen Bundesforste AG , 75


Hohensinner, S; Drescher, A; Eckmüllner, O; Egger, G; Gierlinger, S; Hager, H; Haidvogl, G. (2015): Modelling Vienna’s historical wood resources and wood demand.

"Greening History", 8th Conference of the European Societey for Environmental History, JUNE 30 - JULY 3, 2015, Versailles, FRANCE

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