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Enhancing the resilience capacity of sensitive mountain forest ecosystems under environmental change (SensFor)

Foto: Gabriele Broll

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Broll
Förderung: EU, ESSEM COST Action
Laufzeit: 2012-2016

"Treeline ecosystems are important indicators of environmental change, because they are heavily impacted by environmental drivers, in particular changed climate and land use, resulting in land abandonment and reforestation of formerly treeless areas. With a focus on treeline ecosystems, this Action aims at integrating scientific methods and results related to the  biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources under climate and land use change. The Action will investigate the drivers and extent of contemporary and future environmental changes in European mountain forests, developing methods for estimating their resilience and define consequences for society. This knowledge provides the scientific basis necessarily to develop and adjust management strategies together with local and regional stakeholders as well as policy recommendations for national and European policy makers. Applying the DPSIR (Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact, Response) framework, the joint actions of the SENSFOR network will contribute to the development of strategies for preserving ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation in sensitive mountain areas in Europe." (Description from SensFor COST Action Website)


Broll, G., Jokinen, M., Aradottir, A. L., Cudlin, P., Dinca, L., Gömöryová, E., Grego, S., Holtmeier, F.-K., Karlinski, L., Klopcic, M., La Porta, N., Máliš, F., Monteiro, A., Moscatelli, M. C., Palombo, C., Rudawska, M., Sarkki, S., Tolvar, A., Thorsson, J., Zhiyanski, M. (2016): Working Group 2: Indicators of changes in the treeline ecotone. SENSFOR Delivarable 5. COST Action ES1203: Enhancing the resilience capacity of sensitive mountain forest ecosystems and environmental change (SENSFOR). PDF

Dinca, L., Nita, M., Hofgaard, A., Alados, C. L., Broll, G., Borz, S. A., Wertz, B., Monteiro, A. T. (2017): Forests dynamics in the montane-alpine boundary: a comparative study in protected European mountains using satellite imagery and climate data. Climate Research, 73, 97-110. PDF

Holtmeier, F.-K., Broll, G. (2017): Feedback effects of clonal groups and tree clusters on site conditions at the treeline: implications for treeline dynamics. Climate Research, 73, 85-96. PDF

Holtmeier, F.-K., Broll, G. (2017): Treelines—Approaches at Different Scales. Sustainability, 9(5), 808. PDF

Moscatelli, M. C., Bonifacio, E., Chiti, T., Cudlín, P., Dinca, L., Gömöryova, E., Grego, S., La Porta, N., Karlinski, L., Pellis, G., Rudawska, M., Squartini, A., Zhiyanski, M., Broll, G. (2017): Soil properties as indicators of treeline dynamics in relation to anthropogenic pressure and climate change. Climate Research, 73, 73-84. PDF

Sarkki, S., Ficko, A., Wielgolaski, F. E., Abraham, E. M., Bratanova-Doncheva, S., Grunewald, K., Hofgaard, A., Holtmeier, F.-K., Kyriazopoulos, A. P., Broll, G., Nijnik, M., Sutinen, M. L. (2017): Assessing the resilient provision of ecosystem services by social-ecological systems: introduction and theory. Climate Research, 73, 7-15. PDF