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Higher frequency of drought events put forest management in Germany under new challenges.
Especially forests in areas that are already considered dry are expected to struggle with tree survival in the next decades.
This project takes place in a forest in Brandenburg and investigates the effect of different forest structures and tree diversity on tree growth under drought.
Therefore, above- and below-ground parameters will be included to achieve a (simplified) holistic view on the different forest stands.
Concrete topics will be:
- Assessment of forest structure & diversity with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS)
- Air and soil microclimate
- Drought stress indicators
- Soil life/ Mycorrhiza
(Expected duration: 2023 - 2026, funded by the Zwillenberg-Tietz foundation)