Forest ecosystem are vital to life on Earth, as they provide numerous services to society, such as timber, non-timber products, as well as clean air and water. Forests also have important regulating functions for the global climate system, and are significant hot spots for biodiversity. Despite their relevance for human wellbeing, forest ecosystems globally are under increasing pressure from land use and climate change. There is thus need for developing novel management approaches that adapt forests to an uncertain future.
The aim of the research area "Forest Ecosystems" is to advance our fundamental understanding of the functioning of forest ecosystems – from the individual to biomes – and how forest ecosystems are changing in response to land use and climate change. This fundamental research helps to develop novel management strategies that sustain the important services of forest ecosystems for future generations.
Get a deeper insight through selected projects:
FORWARD (ERC Consolidator Grant)
RESPECT (FOR 2730)
- BioESSHealth – Scenarios on biodiversity and ecosystem services with special consideration the health aspect (Prof. Pretzsch)
- GreenFutureForest – Scenarios for a Sustainable Future - Green Infrastructure in Forests (Prof. Pretzsch)
- Gypsy moth – Study on forestry and ecological consequences in case of mass reproduction of the gypsy moth in Bavaria (Prof. Weisser)
- KROOF II – Gradient Interaction between beech and pine (Prof. Pretzsch)
- NELDER (AUDI) – Biodiversity, productivity and carbon sequestration of oak stands (Prof. Pretzsch)
- Skill-For.Action – An innovative concept to enforce carbon sensitive forest management and forest utilization (Prof. Pretzsch, Prof. Knoke)