Daniela Hohenstern
Institute of Forest Ecosystems

Alfred-Möller-Straße 1, Haus 41/42
16225 Eberswalde
Phone: +49 3334 3820 300
Fax: +49 3334 3820 354

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National Forest Soil Inventory


Bodenprofil (c) Jürgen Gauer
Bodenprofil (© Jürgen Gauer)

The BZE characterises the condition of forest soils, identifies changes in forest condition since the first inventory and answers any new research questions, e.g., about carbon inventory.

Background and Objective

The BZE represents a national, systematic sampling inventory of the condition of forest soils. The first BZE inventory (BZE I: 1987-1993) was carried out on a systematic 8 x 8 km grid on the same sampling plots adopted in the forest condition survey (WZE). In some areas the network of sampling plots involves 1900 grid points. The first BZE I field survey was repeated after 15 years, between 2006 and 2008, by the national and the state authorities in cooperation. Afterwards, extensive laboratory and statistical analyses were conducted.The Thünen -Institutes of forestecosystems coordinates the evaluation with 35 experts. The ferdal states are resonsible for the assessment, anaylsis and evaluation of their own data.

The national forest inventory focus on.

- Status and changes of soil and forests condition

- Impacts on envirnomental factors like atmospheric deposition or climate on soil and crown condition, growth, vegetation and tree nutrition as well as biodiversity.



A detailed description of the methodology can be found in the "Aufnahmeanleitung zur Bodenzustandserhebung im Wald" (Wellbrock et al. 2006, in German) and in "Handbuch der forstlichen Analytik" (Gutachterausschuß forstliche Analytik 2006, in German). 


Wellbrock et al (2006): Aufnahmeanleitung zur Bodenzustandserhebung im Wald.

Gutachterausschuß forstliche Analytik (2006): Handbuch der forstlichen Analytik. BMELV.

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  1. Wellbrock N, Riek W, Wolff B (2002) Integrierende Auswertung bundesweiter Waldzustandsdaten : Abschlußbericht zum Projekt: "Analyse des Beziehungsgefüges zwischen Waldzustandskenngrößen und natürlichen sowie anthropogenen Stressfaktoren auf der Basis bundesweiter Inventurdaten zu Ableitung von Massnahmeempfehlungen" (Projektphase II). Eberswalde: BFH, 112 p, Gemeinsamer Arbeitsber FHE Fachber Forstwirtsch Inst Forstökol Walderfass 2002/1
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