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The Austrian Research centre for Forests is a well known partner in international projects. The federal institution aims for an enhancement of multidisciplinary research, education across borders and holistic approaches to address today’s forestry challenges and needs.

LANDMARK - Land Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge Base

LANDMARK is a pan-European multi-actor consortium of leading academic and applied research institutes, chambers of agriculture and policy makers. A coherent framework for soil management will be

01.05.2015 - 31.10.2019
Partners The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority TEAGAS, University of Copenhagen, Joint Research Centre Belgium, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM, Szent Istvan University Hungary, University of Ulster UK, Universiteit Antwerpen Belgium, Ministry of Agriculture France, Ministry of Agriculture Niedersachsen, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, National Health Institute Austria, ETH Zürich, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Josef Stefan University, University of Parma, University of Seville
developed, aiming at sustainable food production across Europe.
Sponsor European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Ernst Leitgeb, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

CIA2SFM - Cooperation for innovative approach in sustainable forest management training

CIA2SFM is an international cooperation for innovative approaches in sustainable forest management training. Priority of the project is the development of programmes for lifelong learning and vocational education.

Duration 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2018
Partners University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, Croatian forest research institute, Institute for development and international relations (IRMO), Slovenian Institut for adultery education (SIAE), Slovenian forestry institute GOZDIS, Slovenian forest service

Contact Robert Jandl, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

NitroAustria - Nitrogen losses from Austrian agricultural soils – modelling to explore trade off-effects

The project will provide important information on national Nitrogen (N) and Green House Gas (GHG) flows. It contributes to knowledge on N losses from agricultural soils in Austria under actual and future climatic conditions. NitroAustria furthermore improves the current understanding of N and GHG emissions from arable soils.

Duration 01.05.2015 - 30.04.2017
Partners University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Environment Agency Austria
Sponsor ACRP Austrian Climate Research Program
Contact Barbara Kitzler, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils


CentForCSink - The effects of 20th century legacies and climate change on the 21st century carbon sink of a temperate forested landscape

CentForCSink studies the effects of 20th century legacies (i.e. land use, climate and disturbances) on the current C sink of a temperate forested landscape and its future trajectories in the 21th century under a broad range of potential climate change and disturbance scenarios. Moreover, the effects on the C dynamics of forests of two past extreme climatic events (storm “Kyrill” 2007 and “Paula” 2008) will be investigated.

Duration 01.04.2015 - 31.01.2018
Partners Environment Agency Austria, University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt
Sponsor ACRP Austrian Climate Research Program
Andreas Schindlbacher, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

ARISE - Adaptation and Decision Support via Risk Management through Local Burning Embers

The 2013 floods in Central Europe have been a reminder of how vulnerable and hazard-prone European countries are and how costly disasters are even today both in terms of economic damage and loss of lives. Sustainable and scientifically sound disaster risk reduction is considered a key element of climate change adaptation strategies by both the academic and practitioners’ worlds. The overall aim of “ARISE” is to develop a decision support system for climate-sensitive iterative risk management. ARISE will contribute to building resilience at the local level and in the City of Lienz in particular.

Duration 01.04.2014 - 30.06.2016
Partners Alps, Ages Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Land Tirol, Austrian Institute of economic research, Stadt Lienz, Environment Agency Austria, ZGIS Department of Geoinformatics, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
Sponsor ACRP Austrian Climate And Energy Fund
Contact Robert Jandl, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

PANGAS - Soil greenhouse gas fluxes in the Pannonia area

The release of greenhouse gases (GHG) from soils, such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, depends on biotic and abiotic factors. One important factor is the soil moisture regime. In the Pannonia area, climate change is expected to have effects on the soil moisture regime due to an increasing number of climate-induced droughts and heavy rainfall events. Aim of the project is to provide detailed high quality data for N and GHG fluxes for the major soil types in the eastern Austrian region. Modelling activities will allow a prediction of GHG and N gas emissions for possible future climatic conditions.

Duration 01.04.2014 - 31.03.2017
Partners AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Institute for Soil Health and Plant Nutrition, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Sponsor ACRP Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

Contact Kerstin Michel, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

CCN-Adapt: Adaptation to Interactive Impacts of Climate Change and Nitrogen Deposition on Biodiversity

The aim of the project is to improve the scientific knowledge of interactive impacts of climate change and nitrogen deposition on biodiversity.
Objective of the work package coordinated by BFW is the assessment of the fate of biodiversity of selected ecosystems under scenarios of climate change and nitrogen pollution and the exploration of the effects of adaption measures.

Duration 01.05.2013 - 31.07.2016
Partners Environment Agency Austria, ÖKO-DATA Ecosystem Analysis & Environmental Data Management Germany, AREC Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein

Sponsor Klima- und Energiefonds
Contact Barbara Kitzler, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

FACESMAP - Forest Land Ownership Changes in Europe: Significance for Management And Policy

Forest ownership is changing across Europe. In some areas a growing number of so-called “new” forest owners hold only small parcels, have no agricultural or forestry knowledge and no capacities or interest to manage their forests, while in others new community and private owners are bringing fresh interest and new objectives to woodland management. This diversity and change creates implementation problems for forest-related policies including biodiversity conservation, timber and renewable energy supply, climate change mitigation, or recreation. The Action aims to provide European scale insights into the differentiated and changing forest ownership patterns, to scrutinize their consequences and to explore new approaches for policy and forest management.

01.04.2013 - 30.03.2016
Partners European Forest Institute Central-East European Regional Office (EFICEEC) 
Sponsor COST
Contact Robert Jandl, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils


EXPEER - Distributed Infrastructure for experimentation in Ecosystem Research

By uniting highly instrumented ecosystem research facilities under the same umbrella and with a common vision, ExpeER intended to contribute to structuring the still fragmented research community on terrestrial ecosystems within the European Research Area. ExpeER was improving quality and performance of these infrastructure components in a sustainable manner and stimulating their international use.

Duration 01.01.2011 - 29.02.2016
Partners 37 international partner organizations
Sponsor EU
Contact Barbara Kitzler, Department of Forest Ecology and Soils



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