Dendroecology, growth and structure characteristics of forest stands

Subject description

Dendroecology: fundamentals of dendroecological research, sampling design, sample collection, measurements, quality control of measured data, crossdating and synchronising. Tree-ring as a basic unit of dendrochronological studies, tree-ring anomalies. Standardisation of dendrochronological time series and statistical connection with environmental data (climate, other factors). Study of different tree-ring parameters, such as width, early- to latewood ratio, stable isotope composition,…)

Growth processes in forest stands: modelling of growth and development of forest stands. Ability to predict and to guide forest stand development; analysis and modelling of stand quality structure, value characteristics of forest ecosystems. Calculations and forecasting of forest stand yields; response of forest on management activities

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The aim is to learn about current research topics and techniques in the fields of dendroecology and growth and yield studies.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (selected topics), consultations, laboratory and tutorials, fieldwork, inclusion in the research project.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

The student acquires knowledge about the structure, growth and development of forest stands, their responsiveness to the measures taken and other environmental factors. Learn the basics of dendroecology; get familiar with the techniques of sampling, measurement, crossdating and synchronization of tree-ring sequences.

Become familiar with the modelling techniques for the development of forest stands and with dendrochronological methods of modelling the response of trees to environmental factors.

Basic sources and literature

Cook, E. R. / Kairiukstis, L. A., 1989. Methods of dendrochronology (applications in the environmental sciences).- Dordrecht, Boston, London, Kluwer academic publishers, 394 s.

Hans-Peter Kahle, Timo Karjalainen, Annette Schuck, Göran I. Ågren, Seppo Kellomäki, Karl Mellert, Jörg Prietzel, Karl-Eugen Rehfuess and Heinrich Spiecker (editors). 2008. Causes and Consequences of Forest Growth Trends in Europe – Results of the Recognition Project. EFI, Research Report 21, Brill Academic Publishers: Leiden, Boston, Köln, 262 s.

Kimmins, J. P., 1997. Forest Ecology: A Foundation for Sustainable Management. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 596 str.

Legendre, P., Legendre L. 1998. Numerical Ecology. Developments in Enironmental Modelling, 20, Elsevier Science, 870 s.

Levanič, T. Dendrokronologija – skripta.

Pretzsch, H. 2001. Modellirung des Waldwachtums. Parey Berlin, 341 s.

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