Chapter A New Method to Reconstruct Recent Tree and Stand Attributes of Temporary Research Plots: New Opportunity to Analyse Mixed Forest Stands
Andreas Thurm, Eric
In the last decades, studying effects of mixing tree species is increasingly important. In particular, under changing growing conditions and social requirements, investigations on mixed forest compared to mono-specific stands are of special interest, for example, stability, resilience or ecosystem services. Permanent forest research plots are a unique data source, providing the required information but being time-consuming and costly to establish. Moreover, large data sets of such plots are missing but needed for generalising any findings. Temporary research plots provide ad hoc information of its status quo and require less effort than permanent plots. Usually, such plots provide no information of the recent tree and stand characteristics. We demonstrate a new method developed under the scope of COST action FP 1206 EuMIXFOR (European Network on Mixed Forests) to estimate retrospective tree dynamics and stand characteristics. The results of validation reveal its usefulness for reconstructing 5–10 years. Thus, the method provides new potential in establishing larger networks across several countries, in particular, for studying underlying processes when comparing mono-specific with mixed forest stands.
Keywordstemporary research plots, mixed stands, retrospective growth analysis, increment cores, reconstruction of stand dynamics, mixing effects
Publication date and place2018