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UMR EEF - Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology


Effect of drought in summer 2003

Effect of drought in summer 2003

The work of the team Forest Plant Ecology to improve the understanding of the current momentum and recent forests, mainly temperate. This understanding is through the integrated study in space and time changes that affect the health, fertility and biodiversity of forest stands. The research project is currently divided into 5 main areas:

  • Dynamics of vegetation and changes in biodiversity. An important aspect of this theme involves the analysis of climatic constraints on the current range of key forest species. This analysis identifies areas of potential climate under the hypothesis of climate change and assess the redistribution of current climatic niches. In parallel to these modeling prospective, we are also looking at past changes (a few tens of years) or in the distribution of plants in France, from resampling (floristic) plots of old.
  • Troubleshooting and risks to sustainability. The adaptation of the forest to climate change is a major research and forest management. This renewed interest in issues of scientific background on the study of the autecology of species, analysis of the causes of forest decline and modeling the dynamics of species. The work focuses on the joint analysis of vulnerabilities to extreme weather events may lead to loss of growth or even lead to decay, especially in the limit range.
  • Air pollution and long-term change in forest nutrition. The overall objective is to assess the long-term impacts of air pollution on nutrition, growth and health of forests. The research activities are primarily directed towards the study of changes in the fertility of forest ecosystems under the effect of nitrogen deposition and acid.
  • Impact of forest history on their current functioning. In this theme very rich, many projects are involved. They are grouped around two main research themes: the characterization of the former agricultural use of French forests (the modern and ancient) and the study of the impact of past uses on existing biodiversity of forests.
  • Bio-indication of plant air pollution.