Hysteresis Effects in Bavarian Beech Forest Ecosystems through Climate Extremes (HyBBEx)

Junior research group at the Technical University of Munich in the Bavarian Network for Climate Research (bayklif), 2018-2023.


The first publication by HyBBEx PhD student Ben Meyer suggests a higher susceptibility of European beech to recent drought events compared to English oak. Link to the article in Dendrochronologia.

Publication on the dry summer of 2018: using remote sensing data, the HyBBEx team shows in an article in Biogeosciences on a European scale how extreme the summer of 2018 was in terms of temperature and water balance compared to the "millennium summer" of 2003, and where vegetation suffered most from the drought. Link to the open-access publication.

The Forest Condition Monitor, a cooperation between HyBBEx and BLIZ under the leadership of HyBBEx PostDoc Allan Buras, goes online for the first time. Images and data from the Forest Condition Monitor have since appeared regularly in the national and international press, as well as on radio and TV.

Evening lecture in the Rhön Biosphere Reserve: Group leader Christian Zang reported on 16.5.2019 in the House of the Black Mountains in Wildflecken on the topic "The past as prologue: What we can learn from tree rings about the forests of the future".

Well represented at international meeting: at the TRACE Conference 2019 (7-10 May, Caserta, Italy), Group Leader Christian Zang and PostDoc Allan Buras gave plenary talks, PhD student Christopher Leifsson presented first results of his research in HyBBEx on a poster.

HyBBEx is a project partner in the NERC project "ForeSight". The project is led by Professor Alistair Jump (University of Stirling, UK), with junior group leader Christian Zang overseeing two work packages on predicting beech growth under climate change and operationalising modelling and monitoring to develop robust management recommendations. Link to the University of Stirling press release.

Article shows complex mediation of beech increment response to dry summers by fructification. Link to the article in Ecology Letters.