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Institute of

WO Forest Ecosystems

Soil protection and forest health

We investigate the condition of the forest - especially the forest soils - what influencing factors are at work and how it will develop under changed environmental conditions.

The Germany-wide forest monitoring is a coordinated system of repeated inventories (soil and forest condition survey, level I) and intensive forest surveys (level II). The investigations are carried out in close cooperation with the federal states.

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Forest Condition Survey

How is the forest doing in Germany? The Forest Condition Survey (WZE; Level I monitoring) investigates this question. The nationwide survey takes annually place on an area-representative sample grid...

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Forest Condition Survey

National Forest Soil Survey

The National Forest Soil Inventory characterizes the condition of forest soils, identifies changes in the soil condition and answers current research questions, e.g. regarding the carbon inventory.

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National Forest Soil Survey

Monitoring of peatland soils

How much carbon do organic soils store? How much does the forest stand store compared to that? What thickness do the peat layers of drained peatlands still have? How do the emissions of organic soils develop? Peatland soil monitoring clarifies these questions and derives measures for climate protection.

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Monitoring of peatland soils

Head

Institute of Forest Ecosystems
Head of Soil protection and forest health, Contact person National Forest Soil Survey and Crown Condition Survey
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