„Methods for analysing climate change and its impacts on forest ecosystems”

University of West Hungary, Faculty of Forestry, Sopron (Hungary)

 

Program

Aug 31st, 2015 – Monday

Arrival of the participants

 

Sept 1st, 2015 - Tuesday

7:45 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 8:05 Opening of the summer school (Lakatos, F. – Dean of the Faculty)

8:05 – 8:10 Short introduction of the TÁMOP 422D project (Divós, F.)

8:10 – 8:15 Topics and organisation of the 4 days (Gálos, B.)

8:15 – 8:30 Introduction of the participants

8:30 – 9:05 The greatest ever challenge for humankind (Mátyás, Cs.)

9:05 – 11:45 Data and methods applied in climate research

  • 9:05 – 9:30 Using paleolimnological proxies for climate reconstructions  (Korponai, J.)
  • 9:30 – 09:50 Climate conditions for the 21st century: simulation results of regional climate model ensembles (Gálos, B.)
  • 09:50 – 10:15 Gridded observation data for the Carpathian region and its  application for drought risk assessment (Szalai, S.)

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:10 Meteorological database and their application in complex         

             ecological research

  • Case studies for Europe and Hungary (Horváth, A.)
  • Climate data and analysing methods applied in the research of the summer school participants. Exchange of experiences, discussion of challenges.

11:10 – 11:45 Main uncertainty sources of the climate impact assessments (Döring, C.)

12:00 Lunch (Nyugat restaurant)

13:00 – 16:30 Methods applied in climate impact research

13:00 – 14:30 Impact models and forestry indices on regional scale

  • 13:00 – 13:40 Hydrological impacts of climate change: modelling of water balance of forested catchments (Gribovszki, Z. and Kalicz, P.)
  • 13:40 – 14:05 Modelling the carbon cycle of forests (Somogyi, Z.)
  • 14:05 – 14:30 Forest climate classification and production estimation applying the Forestry Aridity Index (Führer, E.) - in German

14:30– 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 16:30 Local scale measurements and monitoring activities

  • 14:45 – 15:15 Variability in climate trends and forest tree response at the local level (D’Aprile, F.)
  • 15:15 – 15:40 Climate change impacts on soils, new challenges in the site condition assessment (Bidló, A.) - in German
  • 15:40 – 16:05 Application of dendrochronological methods in research of climate change impacts on forests (Stojanovič, D.)
  • 16:05 – 16:30 Detection of pests and diseases in Hungarian forests (Lakatos, F.)

16:30 – 18:00 Free program. Options: Ligneum visitor centre of the University or small trip to a viewpoint in the forest near to the University

18:00 Dinner (Ligneum- visitor centre)

19:00 – 20:00 Round table discussion (participants: lecturers of the day, moderator: Mátyás, Cs.)

20:00 – Open-ended discussion

 

Sept 2nd, 2015 - Wednesday

Location: Natural Resources Research Center (University campus, Bajcsy-Zs. 4.)

8:15 – 12:15 Integrated data processing methods

  • 8:15 – 9:15 Use of the model system Sibyla in modelling the effect of climate change on forest stands (Fabrika, M., Gál, J.)
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Adaptation Strategies for Sustainable Forest Management under Climate Change – Decision Support System "Forest and Climate Change" (Panferov, O.)
  • 10:00 – 10:20 Coffee break
  • 10:20 – 11:50 GIS-based decision supporting tool for forestry and agriculture (Agroclimate) and its practical application (Czimber, K.)
  • 11:50 – 12:10 Introduction to the afternoon program

12:30 Lunch (Nyugat restaurant)

13:30 – 16:15 Practical exercises in small groups

  • 13:30 – 15:00 Complex data analyses
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:15 – 16:15 Presentation and discussion of the results

16:15 – 16:30 Climate induced mortality in an old growth pinus forest – case study and short introduction to the field trip (Horváth, A. and Gulyás, K.)

16:30 Sightseeing (Horváth, A.)

19:00 Dinner in the city centre (Perkovátz ház)

 

Sept 3rd, 2015 - Thursday

Excursion to the Keszthely Mountains

8:00 Departure from the main entrance of the University (Bajcsy-Zs. street 4)

10:00 – 15:00 Detected impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems

  • complex analysis of the possible causes and damage chains
  • discussion on possible strategies of sustainable forest management

15:00 Landscape, culture, beach (possibility of swimming in the Lake Balaton)

18:00 Dinner near to Lake Balaton

approx. 21:30 Arrival in Sopron

 

Please don’t forget the shoes for the field trip, clothes for rain and your swimming dress!

 

Sept 4th, 2015 - Friday

Field trip to the Lake Fertő and its surroundings

8:00 Departure from the main entrance of the University (Bajcsy-Zs. street 4)

8:30 – 13:00 Ecosystems of the Fertő-Hanság National Park and challenges under climate change conditions (flora and fauna of saline lakes, alders and marshes)

Approx. 14:00 arrival in Sopron