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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-11-01 - 2025-10-31

Mountain areas are characterized by small-scaled complex, dynamic, socio-ecological conditions and human-environment interactions which impact environmental services. The proposed interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary project will investigate the influence of historical and current land use practices, especially among forests, on runoff generation in order to better distinguish it from the effects of climate change for the periods around 1850, 1960 and 2020. IFE will contribute to the quantification of secondary forest use impacts by experimental and laboratory approaches in test catchments and co-supervision of a PhD candidate.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-09-15 - 2025-09-14

The Austria Fire Futures (AFF) project will focus on mountain forest ecosystems and integrate novel insights on local fuel types into forest fire models, including recreational activities. The project’s main objective is to develop a unique and innovative set of fire hazard hotspot maps at highest spatial resolution under various climate change scenarios. The study will improve our understanding of fire vulnerable forest areas that may shift over time and space given the underlying climate and fuel assumptions. These new fire risk hotspot maps will allow experts, practitioners, and the interested public to take a look into the future in order to comprehend and derive solid short-/medium-/and long-term recommendations for fire resilient and sustainable forest management and fire emergency planning. The project Austria Fire Futures addresses therefore three main objectives : (i) The development of new fire hotspot maps for Austria - based on integrated forward-looking fire danger modeling considering climate change and novel fuel monitoring data (ii) The assessment and integration of the key impacts by hiking tourism on the fire ignition through a case study in Lower Austria/Rax mountain range. (iii) The improvement of the Austrian Fire Information Platform through the implementation of project results and insights to “www.waldbrand.at” and “fire.boku.ac.at” for public display.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2014-08-28 - 2015-06-30

As a result of global warming increased exceptional floods and extreme heavy precipitation events take place. So the risk of remobilization of deposits increases. Subsequently radioactive heavily contaminated sediments can be mobilized. At LLC-Laboratory Arsenal radioactivity of the danube compartiments: water (dissolved radionuclides), suspended matter and sediment are continuously monitored based on monthly composite samples and event-related samples during floods since 1984. This is a unique Central European radioecological long time series of measurements. The continuation of this sampling and data collection is of great importance to meet future challenges in radiation protection with regard to potential large-scale environmental contamination.

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