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The sensitivity of the austrian forests to scenarios of climate change

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Year of publication2001
Author(s)Manfred J. Lexer
Co-authorsHönninger K., Scheifinger H., Matulla Ch., Groll N., Kromp-Kolb H., Schadauer K., Starlinger F. and Englisch M.
Publisher(s)Umweltbundesamt GmbH (Federal Environment Agency Ltd)
Place of publicationWien
In the present study a large-scale climate change impact assessment for Austrian forests is presented. Due to ongoing discussions on a possible global climate change the study aimed at (i) identifying areas which are sensitive to changing climatic conditions, and (ii) indicating the magnitude of potential impacts of a changing climate on currently existing forests. Further key issues of the present study were to integrate available data of the Austrian Forest Inventory, the Austrian Forest Soil Survey and an extensive network of weather stations (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Hydrographischer Dienst) with ecological models.