International forest workshop

May 15, 2014

The Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Vienna, organised the international workshop “Forests for Water” in May 2014. 

The workshop took place on May 15 at the Ort forest training centre near Gmunden in Upper Austria, and the opening address was delivered by Wolfgang Jirikowski (FAST Ort) and Walter Wolf (Office of the Upper Austrian Federal State Government). Presentations were given by Hubert Siegel (BMLFUW); Johann Grafinger (FAO); Klaus Katzensteiner (Institute of Forest Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria); Eduard Hochbichler and Roland Köck (Institute of Silviculture of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria); Ursa Vilhar (Department of Forest Ecology of the Forestry Institute of Slovenia); Hermann Stadler (Joanneum Research); Ralf Kiese (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Andreas Farnleitner (Vienna University of Technology); Gunter Moser (Geological Survey of Austria, Gmunden).

The OrientGate pilot study at LTER Zöbelboden was introduced by Thomas Dirnböck of the Austrian Environment Agency in his presentation “Forest management effects on water quality under climate change”.  

Other topics covered included best practices for forest management in relation to drinking water in protected areas; the influence of forest management on water balance in forests in the Dinaric karst area; sampling in karst aquifers; nitrate leaching in German forest ecosystems; and current trends in diagnostics and management related to the microbial quality of water resources.

For further details, please see the event invitation.