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Summer School 2006
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Summer School 2006

In September 2006 a group of 25 European students will have the opportunity to attend the summerschool „Experimental assessment of changes in soil organic matter pools in mountain forests''.

The 9-days event lasts from September 22 to September 30, 2006 and will take place in the University Center Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria. Obergurgl is an ideal setting for this purpose, given that fundamental ecopyhsiological projects have been conducted there for half a century.

The general idea of the programme:

  1. Introduction to the ecology of mountain forests

  2. Field trip - 'The real world'

  3. Gathering data

  4. Evaluation of spatially heterogenous data

  5. Experimental modification of site conditions

  6. Technical requirements for a field experiment

  7. Biogeochemical modelling.


The temporal change of soil carbon in high elevation ecosystems is a timely topic. We want to acquaint the participating students with obstacles that are commonly arising when experimental work is pursued in mountain ecosystems and we will share our experience in dealing these challenges.

The participants will experience a rich programme, which deals with the local land use policy (tourism, forestry, management of natural hazards). The regional history will be explained in the context of the prehistoric Iceman Ötzi. Avid hikers will have an opportunity to visit the location where Ötzi was found (Hauslabjoch).


The Summer School is financially supported by the European Science Foundation and coordinated by Robert Jandl (Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)). The international teaching team includes scientists and represantatives of the local forest authority.


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