Department of Forest Growth and Silviculture
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The Unit studies forest growth based on the results of permanent monitoring plots for the development of stand and tree growth models as well as for stand management concepts. By means of dendrochronological analyses, the development of single trees growth is investigated.
In addition, practice oriented treatment concepts are developed in line with ecological and economic targets. Research results are translated into practice by means of workshops and field trips and through providing advisory services.

Priority Areas of Work

  • Monitoring of forest growth as a criteria of sustainability
  • Forest growth models
  • Studies on the impact of various stand treatment scenarios on growth, stand stability and economy
  • Forest growth related and economically optimised methods for natural regeneration
  • Analysis of climate-induced changes in forest growth
  • Dendrochronological measurements and analyses of tree ring development and stem analyses
  • Knowledge transfer and practice-oriented advisory services

Tasks and Activities

  • Design, implementation and maintenance of forest growth related long-term experiments and permanent observation plots
  • Periodic surveys on permanent monitoring plots, interpretation and representation of the results thereof
  • Preparation of long-term increment data for single trees as a basis for parameterisation, validation and further development of forest growth models
  • Decision support for forest management in line with ecological and economic goals
  • Operation of tree ring measurement systems (digital positiometer "Johann")
  • Establishment of a dendrochronological database
  • Dendrochronological investigations and related expert opinions (e.g. radial increment curve, age determination, harvest timing)
  • Practice-oriented workshops and field trips (e.g. for planting distance, stem number reduction, thinning, tree species selection) as well as specific advisory services provided to forest practice.


Head of Unit
+43-1-87838-1324 Schönbrunn, Room 228

Debojyoti Chakraborty Forest Ecology, Ecosystem modeling, Provenance research, Climate modeling

+43-1-87838 2101 Schönbrunn, Room 215

Georg Kindermann Dendrochronology

+43-1-87838 1335 Schönbrunn, Room 240

Griessl Martin Maintenance, Survey and Interpretation of Permanent Monitoring Plots, Supervisor of Field Staff

+43-1-87838 1326 Schönbrunn, Room 230

Peraus Wolfgang Annual Ring Measurements, Maintenance of Dendrochronological Database, Department Administration
+43-1-87838 1334 Schönbrunn, Room 237

Schnattler Heimo Field Surveys, Data Interpretation, Dendrochronology, Archive Data Backup, Inventory Management

+43-1-87838 1335 Schönbrunn, Room 240

Stanz Engelbert Field Surveys, Servicing and Maintenance of Equipment and Measuring Instruments
+43-1-87838 1326 Schönbrunn, Room 230

Gerald Schnabel
Long-Term Tests, Level-II-Monitoring, Data Processing, Graphic and Layout +43-1-87838-1232 Schönbrunn, Room 127

Alfred Stemberger
+43-1-87838-1232 Schönbrunn, Room 127


Unit of Forest Growth
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Vienna, Austria
Head of Unit: Dr. Thomas Ledermann

Tel. +43-1-87838-1324
Fax: +43-1-87838-1250

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