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Projects at the research group Vegetation Ecology

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Valorisation of Swiss vegetation-plot data

The pilot project has three work packages:

  • Pilot study for a modern data-driven classification of the grassland alliances of Switzerland
  • Developing tools and workflows for a comprehensive Swiss National Vegetation-Plot Database in cooperation with Info Flora and embedded in the European Vegetation Archive (EVA)  and the global database sPlot
  • Contributions to the development of the Ecological Indicator Values of Europe (EIVE)

Funding: ZHAW
Project duration: 2018  2019

Ecological improvement of forest edges

The Swiss Plateau alone houses 25,500 km of forest edge; like all transitional biotopes, these areas can be extremely species-diverse and ecologically valuable, but their potential has been greatly under-utilised to date. The aim of the projects is to create practical aids and GIS priviosiums tailored to the needs of the cantons for the ecological upgrading of forest edges.

Project partner: FOEN, cantons
Client: FOEN, cantons
Project duration: 2020
More information: Project website

Conservation biology of glacial erratic flora

Certain species of ferns, mosses and lichens are only found on glacial erratics in the Swiss Plateau and Jura, and this biogeographically unique flora is at risk of extinction. The aim of this project is to find ways of preventing this loss, since the glacial erratics and their unique flora are a valuable natural legacy of the ice ages.

Project partner: Pro Natura und WSL
Client: Dissertation
Project duration: 2015  2020
More information: Project website

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