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Promotion of forest and wood sciences in the Ural, in Siberia and in the Carpathians to mitigate the effects of climate changes on long-term forest development

English title Promotion of forest and wood sciences in the Ural, in Siberia and in the Carpathians to mitigate the effects of climate changes on long-term forest development
Applicant Hoffmann Christian W.
Number 110950
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Abt. Landschaftsdynamik und Raumentwicklung Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Institution of higher education Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research - WSL
Main discipline Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Start/End 01.09.2005 - 28.02.2009
Approved amount 100'000.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy

Keywords (5)

climate change; forest ecosystems; storm damage; carbon sequestration; mathematical models

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Since 15 years close and very effective partnerships exist between the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and several partner institutions within Russia. This partnership was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation during the years 1996-1998 and 2000-2003 as IP. Within this partnership 31 scientists from Russia took part at international activities such as conferences, field weeks, and scientific trainings in Switzerland. During this period they published 72 articles in newspapers, in local national journals and in highest rated international journals.The continuation of the partnership is questioned because of the critical financial situation of the Russian partner institutions.The objectives of the present IP-project are to strengthen the scientific capacities by providing scientific training and essential equipment, to diversify the existing partnerships by including new partner institutes from Krasnoyarsk, to improve the communication within the partnerships by supporting in maintenance of equipment, and to deepen mutual understanding between WSL and partners institutes, of both mentality as well as the way of doing research and using scientific methods.Six research institutions are participating in this IP:
- Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf;
- Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zurich
- Ural Forest Engineering University USFEU, Research Division,Ekaterinburg;
- Institute for Plant and Animal Ecology IPAE, Laboratory of Dendrochronology and Laboratory of Population Ecotoxicology, Ekaterinburg;
- V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Laboratory of Dendrochronology and Laboratory of Forest Zoology , Krasnoyarsk;
- Department of Geobotany, Moscow State University, Moscow.
- Ukrainian State University of Forestry and Wood Technology,Faculty of Forestry, Institute of Silviculture, Lviv.

Six scientific activities are running within this IP:
A.Forest-ecological research on reforestation of storm damage areas inthe Ural and in the Carpathian mountains - A comparison of natural and man-made processes;
B.Spatio-temporal dynamics of the upper tree-line in the Urals inrelation to global warming in the 20th century;
C.Climate in Siberia from tree ring width, density and delta13C;
D.Carbon sequestration in soils of tree-line ecotones under a changingclimate;
E.Assessing mathematical models for forest growth under extremeconditions;
F.Oil-derived gas torches as research facilities to detect the effect ofglobal warming on northern taiga forest ecosystems? Investigating the impact of torches on forests;
G.Long-term monitoring of old-growth forest lichen populations in theUral Mountains
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