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Project code: 4-04-028

One hundred permanent plots in Croatia - Ecological research

Main researcher: RAUŠ, ĐURO (40434)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/15/95.

Papers on project (total): 77
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 25
Institution name: Šumarski fakultet, Zagreb (68)
Department/Institute: Department of Silviculture
Address: Svetošimunska 25
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 21-82-88

Summary: "One Hundred Continual Plots in Croatia" is an international project of a multidisciplinary character. So far the first phase of the research has been accomplished, i.e. in various ecosystems all over Croatia one hundred continual plots have been located and marked by a sign of the Zagreb University. "Comparative research of the ecosysteme in Croatia" is a plan and programme involving the wider international project titled "Man and Biosphere". The realization of the task will entail three periods: 1. Establishment of a network of continual plots in Croatia encompassing the natural and anthropogenic ecosystems in all phytogeographic parts of the country; biocenological and ecological characterization of the ecosystems, the "initial" and "zero" states having thus been assessed. The 1977-1990 work involved 43 scientists from the fields of biology, forestry, hydrology, geology etc., out of which twenty-five had PHD, eight Master s and ten Engineer s titles. 2. A multidisciplinary long-term research on the structure, dynamics, function and metabolism of the ecosystem began in 1991 and is estimated to last until the year 2010. 3. The synthesis of the results.

Keywords: Continual plot, vegetation, ecology, climate, biomass, stand structure.

Research goals: A long-term observance of the functioning and metabolism of the forest ecosystems is the aim of the reserch carried out for scientific assessment of the needs to improve these ecosystems structures and functioning. Begun in 1991, the second phase encompasses the realization of the long-term scientific research programme agreed upon at the 1975 Symposium, proportional to our staff and financial potentials. The ecosystem research programme on permanently protected plots is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, i.e. it encompasses the abiotic and biotic components: the physical/chemical properties of the parent material; the physical/chemical and biological properties of the soil; synecology; the composition, structure and dynamics of the ecosystem in general. This will be realized in dependence with both staff and financial possibilities, and will involve the collaboration of various experts from the fundamental disciplines such as biology, geology, pedology and others that are indispensable for this kind work. The already obtained results reveal the fundamental indices of the ecosystem s functioning. They should be further observed to discover how the nature itself manages, maintains and regenerates its ecosystems without man s interference. On the other hand, comparative plots should be established in the man-managed ecosystems, in order to make conclusions and answer the question: Are Croatian forests being managed properly or should certain activies be either stimulated or slowed down.

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