Peter Brang

portrait Dr. Peter Brang
Research program leader

Forest resources and management
Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

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Additional functions:
Board member, Swiss Mountain Forest Tending Group
Board member, Fondation du Bois de Chênes
Board member, Stiftung Urwaldreservat Bödmeren

Key Publications of Peter Brang (up to ten) :
Pluess, A. R., Augustin, S., & Brang, P. (Eds.). 2016. Wald im Klimawandel. Grundlagen für Adaptationsstrategien. Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU; Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL; Haupt. 447 p.
Brang P, Spathelf P, Larsen JB, Bauhus J, Boncina A, Chauvin C, Drössler L, García-Guëmes C, Heiri C, Kerr G, Lexer MJ, Mason W, Mohren F, Mühlethaler U, Nocentini S, Svoboda M. 2014. Suitability of Close-to-Nature Silviculture for Adapting Temperate European Forests to Climate Change. Forestry 87: 492-503.
Lévesque M, Saurer M, Siegwolf R, Eilmann B, Brang P, Bugmann H, Rigling A. 2013. Drought response of five conifer species under contrasting water availability suggests high vulnerability of Norway spruce and European larch. Glob. Chang. Biol. 19: 3184-3199.
Brang P, Heiri C, Bugmann H. (Red) 2011. Waldreservate. 50 Jahre natürliche Waldentwicklung in der Schweiz. Birmensdorf, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL; Zürich, ETH Zürich. Bern, Stuttgart, Wien, Haupt. 272 S.
Brang P, Schönenberger W, Frehner M, Brang P, Bugmann H, Bürgi A, Mühlethaler U, Rigling A, Schwitter R. 2008. Klimawandel als waldbauliche Herausforderung. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 159(10): 362-373.
Schwitter R, Thormann J-J, Wasser B. 2006. The management of protection forests: An overview. For. Snow Landsc. Res. 80, 1: 23-44
Streit K, Wunder J, Brang P. 2009. Slit-shaped gaps are a successful silvicultural technique to promote Picea abies regeneration in mountain forests of the Swiss Alps. Forest Ecology and Management 257(9): 1902-1909.
Brang, P. 2001. Resistance and elasticity: Promising concepts for the management of protection forests in the European Alps. For. Ecol. Manage. 145: 107-119.

Expertise of Peter Brang:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Research Interface / Management
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic BiospherePlants
Topic Integrated SystemsEconomic Cycle
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseAgriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Topic Politics/LawAdaptation
Topic SustainabilityEcological Sustainability
Economic Sustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementRisk Assessment / Forecasting
Prevention of Risks and Natural Hazards
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleNational / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusExtreme Events
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Applied Research / Technology
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Peter Brang:
Mountain forest dynamics & management; disturbance regimes; forest succession; windthrow; forest regeneration

Impacts of climate change on forests, adaptation measures

I was the leader of the research programme "Forests and Climate Change" of FOEN and WSL (2009-2018) with >50 research projects. Moreover, I am project leader in projects related to 1) monitoring of forest nature reserves in Switzerland (co-leadership, since 2006), 2) experimental tree plantations (18 species, 7 provenances, 59 sites, 2017-2050), 3) field tests with non-native tree species, 4) cooperation with Ukrainian research institutions in forest research (2017-2020), 5) regeneration of mountain forests (2018-2050), 6) Tree App, which provides recommendations for climate-adapted tree species based on current site type and climate projections throughout Switzerland

Last update: 11/15/22
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2023)

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