Long-term Forest Ecosystem Research LWF
Project Number: InnesWSL1
| environmental sciences|
| general biology|
| forestry and agricultural sciences|
The mission of LWF is to improve our understanding of how natural and anthropogenic stresses affect forests in the long term, and which risks for humans are involved. Consequently, we need to gain a more profound knowledge of the cause-effect relationships in the forest ecosystem and the underlying processes. The aims of LWF are: to assess external anthropogenic and natural stresses (e.g., atmospheric deposition, climate)
to assess changes of relevant forest ecosystem components
to evaluate the influence of external stresses on forest ecosystems
to develop indicators of forest health
to analyse the risks under different stress scenarios
Using a network of selected study sites, we monitor the long-term response of forest ecosystem components and processes to the most relevant stress factors. Our particular emphasis is on atmospheric deposition, the biogeochemical cycle, the climate, the soil, the ground vegetation and the trees.
1. What parameters best characterise the condition of forest ecosystems in Switzerland?
2. How is the condition of forest ecosystems in Switzerland changing, particularly in relation to global problems such as climatic change and air pollution?
3. How far are models of forest ecosystem development and forest-climate interactions supported by data from integrated monitoring?
4. What is the relative importance of anthropogenic- and naturally-induced changes in Swiss forest ecosystems?
5. How have forest ecosystems in Switzerland developed in the past, and what were the main factors affecting their development?
List of publications
Thimonier A., Schmitt M., Cherubini P., Kräuchi N., 2001. Monitoring the Swiss forest: building a research platform. In: T. Anfodillo, V. Carraro (eds), Monitoraggio ambientale: metodologie ed applicazioni. Atti del XXXVIII Corso di Cultura in Ecologia, 2001. S. Vito di Cadore, Centro Studi per l'Ambiente Alpino, Università degli Studi di Padova, pp. 121-134.
Dobbertin M., 2001. Hourly recorded changes in tree stem diamter - Can we distinguish stem growth from contraction and expansion of the bark?. In: M. Labrecque (ed), L'arbre 2000 = 2000 the tree. Papers presented at the 4th International Symposium on The Tree, 21-25 August 2000, Montreal, Canada. Montreal, Isabelle Quentin, pp. 263-267
Innes, J.L., Theoretical and practical criteria for selection of ecosystem monitoring plots in Swiss forests, in: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Vol.36 1995, p.271-294.
Last update: 3/20/18
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)
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