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Ecological analysis of the subalpine to subnival vegetation belts on the Zugspitzplatt


Ecological analysis of the subalpine to subnival vegetation belts on the Zugspitzplatt (Wetterstein Mountains, Bavaria)

Start date: 01.08.2009
Funded by: Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health
Local project leader: Prof. Arne Friedmann Dr. Oliver Korch

Abstract

“HöhenZug“ is part of the collaborative project “Consequences of climatic change in the Alps – analysis by altitudinal gradients (KLIMAGRAD)“ and its main object is to analyse the impact of climatic change in the Wetterstein Mountains/Bavaria. The vegetation of the Zugspitzplatt is formed by krummholz communities of the upper subalpine level, alpine meadows and various subnival plant communities. In summer 2009 an extensive mapping-project began which will be expanded and completed in the course of the investigations. Further ecological studies at preselected sites and permanent sample plots will be established in order to realize a long-term monitoring of the vegetation dynamics on the Zupspitzplatt.