Unit of Alpine Timberline Ecophysiology

Core task of our unit is the elaboration of ecophysiological concepts for securing the protective function of the forest and identifying climate change impacts on tree growth and stand stability at the alpine timberline. The results of these investigations are used for the assessment of sustainability and stability of protective forests including their efficiency to protect against natural hazards.

Priority Areas of Work

  • Importance of ecophysiological processes for the protective function of forest stands
  • Climate monitoring at the alpine timberline and investigations on the impact of climate change on forest growth, stability and biogeochemical cycles at the alpine timberline
  • Silvicultural and vegetation ecological aspects of natural hazards and the protective function of forest stands (sustainability, stability)
  • Monitoring of environmental parameters, phonological observations and disasters at the subalpine timberline
  • Modelling and practical methods for the assessment of the efficiency of the forest against natural hazards


Gerhard Wieser

Head of Unit,

Ecology at the Timberline,



Innsbruck, Top 205

Unit of Alpine Timberline Ecophysiology
Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Head of Unit: Univ.-Doz Dr. Gerhard Wieser

Tel. +43-512-573933-5120, Fax: +43-512-573933-5250
email: Gerhard.Wieser@bfw.gv.at

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0

Autor: Wieser G.

Quelle/URL: https://bfw.ac.at/rz/bfwcms.web?dok=6060