Peter Rotach: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Dr. Peter Rotach
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0034-08LIntegrated Practical: Forest Ecosystems Restricted registration - show details 1.5 credits3PH. Bugmann, M. Lévesque, P. Rotach, T. N. Sieber
AbstractIntroductory course on field methods in forest ecosystem research and ecosystem management, with an emphasis on regeneration ecology, forest growth and management as well as mortality processes. The course is set up as a comparative study between a low-elevation beech forest and a mixed spruce-fir forest in the northern pre-Alps.
•- get to know the diversity of forest ecosystems based on case studies
•- understand important processes of forest dynamics (regeneration, growth, mortality) and their significance in an ecosystem context
•- acquire pracitcal skills regarding field methods of forest ecosystem research
•- get to know selected forest management systems
Lecture noteswill be distributed
701-0560-00LPractical "Forests and Landscapes" Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
Priority is given to students withthe specialisation Forest and Landscape.

The lecture "701-0303-00 Waldvegetation und Waldstandorte" is an important background for the excursions "Standortkunde". Participation is strongely recommended.
7 credits14PH. Bugmann, H.‑U. Frey, F. Kienast, M. Lévesque, P. Rotach, T. N. Sieber, S. Zimmermann
AbstractIn this practical, students get to know important field and laboratory methods of forest and landscape research as well as landscape management. They apply these methods in the context of small projects. The practical consists of three parts: Ecology (both forest and landscape), Site Classification (soil science & phytosociology), and Land Management.
- know the most important methods of field research in selected branches of forest and
landscape science
- can apply these methods independently on the context of a project
- are in the position to interpret data from field sampling correctly, and can use them to
answer applied research questions
Prerequisites / NoticeFor this practical, it is recommended that students have some knowledge in the following subjects (besides the core courses of the specialization "Wald und Landschaft"):

- Geographic Information Systems (elective course, 5th semester)
- Site classification (elective course "Site classification and plant communities", 6th semester)
- Knowledge of forest soils (elective course "Ökologie von Waldböden", 6th semester)
- Dendrology and Woody Plants of Central Europe (elective courses)
- Systematic botany (e.g. biodiversity excursions, plant part, 2th semester)
701-1640-00LSelected Topics of Multifunctional Forest Management3 credits6UP. Rotach, E. Hussendörfer
AbstractThis optional course builds on the course "Management of multifunctioal forests". Based on theory and field work it will explain and illustrate the 3 most important management concepts of Swiss multifunctional forest management i.e. "Swiss Femelschlag system", "Unevenaged management system (Plenterwald)" and "Dauerwald management system" in typical broadleave forests.
ObjectiveIllustrate and consolidate aquired knowledge of multifunctional forest management, especially regarding "Swiss Femelschlag system", "Unevenaged management system (Plenterwald)" and "Dauerwald management system" in typical broadleave forests.
ContentSwiss Femelschlag system
Planning of multifunctional management in Swiss Femelschlag system
Unevenaged management in spruce, fir and beech forests
Transformation of even-aged into unevenaged systems in spruce, fir, beech forets
Dauerwald system in broadleave forets - opportunities and limits
Lecture notesNone
Lecture notes may be downloaded
LiteratureTexts of Schütz skripts
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge of German language required, German only