Roman Zweifel

Dr. Roman Zweifel
Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

Phone2: +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: roman.zweifel(at)
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Additional functions:
Project member OccC in CH2050

Key Publications of Roman Zweifel (up to ten) :
Walthert L, Ganthaler A, Mayr S, Saurer M, Waldner P, Walser M, Zweifel R, von Arx G. 2021. From the comfort zone to crown dieback: Sequence of physiological stress thresholds in mature European beech trees across progressive drought. Sci. Tot. Environm. 753(141792): 14.

Peters RL, Pappas C, Hurley AG, Poyatos R, Flog V, Zweifel R, Goossensa W, Steppe K. 2021. Assimilate, process, and analyse thermal dissipation sap flow data using the TREX R package. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.1111/2041-210X.13524, in press.

Zweifel R, Etzold S, Sterck F, Gessler A, Anfodillo T, Mencuccini M, von Arx G, Lazzarin M, Haeni M, Feichtinger L, et al. 2020. Determinants of legacy effects in pine trees - implications from an irrigation-stop experiment. New Phytologist 10.1111/nph.16582.

Gharun M, Hörtnagl L, Paul-Limoges E, Feigenwinter I, Burri S, Marquardt K, Etzold S, Zweifel R, Eugster W, Buchmann N. 2020. Physiological response of Swiss ecosystems to 2018 drought across plant types and elevation. Philosophical Transactions B in press.

Barraclough AD, Cusens J, Zweifel R, Leuzinger S. 2020. Environmental drivers of stem radius change and heterogeneity of stem radial water storage in the mangrove Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 280.

Zweifel R, Ginzler C, Psomas A, Braun S, Walthert L, Etzold S. 2020. Baumwasserdefizite erreichten im Sommer 2018 Höchstwerte – war das aus dem All erkennbar? Schweiz Z. Forstwes. 171

Poyatos R, et al., Zweifel R, Martínez-Vilalta J. 2020. Global transpiration data from sap flow measurements: the SAPFLUXNET database. Earth System Science Data Discussions 57.

Burri, S., E. Haeler, W. Eugster, M. Haeni, S. Etzold, L. Walthert, S. Braun, and R. Zweifel. 2020. How did Swiss forest trees respond to the hot summer 2015? Die Erde 150 (4): 214-229.

Zweifel R, Haeni M, Buchmann N, Eugster W. 2016. Are trees able to grow in periods of stem shrinkage? New Phytologist: 211 (3), 839-849.

Zweifel R. 2016. Radial stem variations - a source of tree physiological information not fully expoited yet. Plant Cell and Environment: 39 (2), 231-232

Expertise of Roman Zweifel:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
ScopeProcess Studies
Causes of Change
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic AtmosphereGlobal Warming
Topic BiospherePlants
Topic Integrated SystemsCarbon Cycle
Hydrogeochemical Cycle
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseAgriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleRegional
National / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FramePast
Recent / Today
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis

Specialties of Roman Zweifel:
Analyses and modelling of natural and artifical systems

Forest ecosystem responses to climate change
Our research mainly deals with tree physiological responses to climate (change). It enabels us to conclude about species-specific thresholds in terms of climate variables (drought stress, frost stress, extreme events etc.) and its consequences for forest ecosystems in the future.
Forest ecosystem responses to climate change

Last update: 12/2/21
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