Andreas Rigling

portrait Dr. Andreas Rigling
Head Research Unit, Member Board of Directors WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

Phone2: +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: andreas.rigling(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: andreas.rigling(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT, ICAS Swiss Alpine Studies – member steering board

Institutional Research Partnership Nancy-Freiburg-Zürich - chairman - member steering board

European Forest Institute EFI, Regional office for central Europe EFICENT- member advisory board

Board of directors of the Forest Research Organisations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland – representative of directorate WSL

International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO – member International Council, representative of Switzerland

Key Publications of Andreas Rigling (up to ten) :
Rigling A, Landolt D, Manser R (2015) Forests in change – Synthesis of the Swiss forest report 2015. In Rigling A, Schaffer HP (Eds) Forest report 2015. Condition and use of Swiss forests. Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Bern, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf. pages 143. (In German, French, Italian, English).

Lévesque M, Saurer M, Siegwolf R, Eilmann B, Rigling A (2014) Increased water-use efficiency does not lead to enhanced tree growth under xeric and mesic conditions. New Phytologist, 203: 94-109

Hagedorn F, Shiyatov FG, Mazepa VS, Devi NM, Grygoriev AA, Bartyish AA, Fomin V, Kapralov D, Terentiev M, Bugman H, Rigling A, Moiseev PA (2014) Treeline advances along the Urals mountain range – driven by improved winter conditions? Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12613.

Lévesque M, Siegwolf R, Saurer M, Brang P, Eilmann B, Bugmann H, Rigling A (2013) Drought responses of five conifers at their xeric distribution limit in the Alps and under mesic conditions in Central Europe. Global Change Biology, 19: 3184-3199.

Huber R, Rigling A, Bebi P, Brand F, Briner S, Buttler A, Elkin C, Gillet F, Grêt-Regamey A, Hirschi C, Lischke H, Scholz R, Seidl R, Spiegelberger T, Walz A, Zimmermann W, Bugmann H (2013) Sustainable land use in mountain regions under global change: synthesis across Scales and Disciplines. Ecology & Society, 18: 36.

Rigling A, Bigler C, Eilmann B, Mayer P, Ginzler C, Vacchiano G, Weber P, Wohlgemuth T, Zweifel R, Dobbertin M (2013) Driving factors of a vegetation shift from Scots pine to pubescent oak in dry Alpine forests. Global Change Biology. 19: 229-240

Kirdyanov AV, Hagedorn F, Knorre AA, Fedotova EV, Vaganov EA, Naurzbaev MM, Moiseev PA, Rigling A, (2012) 20th century tree-line advance and vegetation changes along an altitudinal transect in the Putorana Mountains, northern Siberia. Boreas, 41: 56–67

Eilmann B, Zweifel R, Buchmann N, Graf Pannatier E, Rigling A (2011) Drought alters timing, quantity, and quality of wood formation in Scots pine. Experimental Botany, 62(8): 2763-2771

Allen CD, Macalady A, Chenchouni H, Bachelet D, McDowell N, Vennetier M, Gonzales P, Hogg T, Rigling A, Breshears DD, Fensham R, Zhang Z, Kitzberger T, Lim J-H, Castro J, Allard G, Running SW, Semerci A, Cobb N (2010) Drought-Induced Forest Mortality: A Global Overview Reveals Emerging Climate Change Risks. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 660-684

Expertise of Andreas Rigling:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeExpert Type
Scientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Process Studies
Causes of Change
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic AtmosphereAtmosphere
Global Warming
Topic PedospherePedosphere
Soil Formation
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic Integrated SystemsIntegrated Systems and Ecology
Carbon Cycle
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseEconomy / Resource Use
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Spatial ZonesSpatial Zones
Mountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
Local / Community
Time FrameTime Frame
Recent / Today
Statistical FocusStatistical Focus
Extreme Events
Mean Change / Trends
Data Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Literature Study
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
Program Coordination / Management
PolarHigh Altitude

Specialties of Andreas Rigling:
Forest dynamics (including mortality and regeneration) at the dry (inner-alpine dry valleys) and the cold tree-line (upper and northern tree-line in Eusasian mountain systems) in relation to Global Change (including climate warming and land-use changes)

Last update: 5/23/18
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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