This research is focused on natural hazards and their impacts on key forest ecosystems under climate change. According to the latest research including scenarios of climate change up to the end of this century, an increase of climate extremes will be manifested by higher frequency of torrential rains, flash floods, landslides, drought, forest fires, wind and snow calamities as well as pest and pathogen outbreaks.
The priority of our research is to investigate forest water balance, assess water shortages and drought risks in the forest landscape. It also deals with growth changes of ecosystems in the conditions of climate change as well as the response of different tree species to the increasing frequency of natural disasters.
The research team evaluates climate change impact with risks for profitability in forestry, and potential changes in ecosystem and socio-economic services. Furthermore, it leads to proposals for management, silvicultural and organizational adaptation measures aimed at reducing the abiotic and biotic natural hazards in climate change conditions.
BARTÍK, M., SITKO, R., OREŇÁK, M., SLOVIK, J., ŠKVARENINA, J., 2014: Snow accumulation and ablation in disturbed mountain spruce forest in West Tatra Mts. In Biologia., 2014, vol. 69, no. 11, p. 1492-1501.
STRELCOVA, K., KURJAK, D., LESTIANSKA, A., KOVALCIKOVA, D., DITMAROVA, L., SKVARENINA, J., AHMED, Y.A.R., 2013: Differences in transpiration of Norway spruce drought stressed trees and trees well supplied with water. Biologia., Vol. 68, Iss. 6, 2013, p. 1118-1122.
MEZEI, P., GRODZKI, W., BLAŽENEC, M.; ŠKVARENINA, J. , RANDÝSOVÁ, V. , JAKUŠ, R., 2014b: Host and site factors affecting tree mortality caused by the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in mountainous conditions. Forest Ecology and Management. 11/2014; 331:196–207.