Long-term woodland dynamics in Central Europe: from estimations to a realistic model

Name: Long-term woodland dynamics in Central Europe: from estimations to a realistic model
Researchers: Dörner Petr (member of research team)
Dudová Lydie (member of research team)
Hédl Radim (member of research team)
Houška Jakub (member of research team)
Chudomelová Markéta (member of research team)
Jamrichová Eva (member of research team)
Kolář Jan (member of research team)
Kopecký Martin (member of research team)
Kotačka Martin (member of research team)
Kuneš Petr (member of research team)
Macek Martin (member of research team)
Müllerová Jana (member of research team)
Riedl Vladan (member of research team)
Suchánková Silvie (member of research team)
Svitavská Svobodová Helena (member of research team)
Szabó Péter (head – principal researcher)
Šipoš Jan (member of research team)
Švarcová Markéta Gabriela (member of research team)
Tkáč Peter (member of research team)
Vild Ondřej (member of research team)
Project Type: C - other (Research and development projects of ministries, contracts and agreements on targeted research and cooperation, etc.)
Realization from: 2012
Realization to: 2016
Summary: Using an extensive range of primary sources from history, historical geography, palaeoecology, archaeology and ecology, the interdisciplinary LONGWOOD project aims to reconstruct the long-term (Neolithic to present) patterns of woodland cover, structure, composition and management in a larger study region (Moravia, the Czech Republic, ca. 27,000 km2) with the highest spatio-temporal resolution possible. Causes for the patterns observed will be analyzed in terms of qualitative and quantitative factors, both natural and human-driven. The project will introduce woodland management as an equal driving force into long-term woodland dynamics, thus fostering a paradigm shift in ecology towards construing humans as an internal, constitutive element of ecosystems.

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