Hagen Siegfried Fischer

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As vegetation science develops its formalized methodology increased in importance. At the beginning of the century traditional European schools of phytosociology applied an intuitive classification and ordering scheme to establish vegetation units. The introduction of computer-supported data analysis into vegetation science accelerated the formalization.(More)
Wind throw is a common disturbance in forest ecosystems. Because many forests are intensively used our knowledge on forest dynamics after such disturbances is limited. In the Bavarian Forest National Park/Germany after the wind throw event in summer 1983, we started our long-term observation in nearly natural Norway spruce forests within 5-year intervals up(More)
Changes in vegetation composition due to the increasing temperatures in the past few decades have already been reported from several parts of Europe. It has been shown that single species move either northwards or to higher elevations. We expected that the species composition of forest stands should also have changed, i.e., an increase of thermophilous(More)
The potential natural vegetation (PNV) is a tool for landscape planning, nature preservation and the assessment of naturalness. It is mostly constructed by the application of expert knowledge. This paper shows the advantages of using a more sophisticated and formalized PNV construction that overlays vegetation types and site factor maps by applying a Bayes(More)
We studied the influence of site conditions on epiphytic orchids under a subtropical climate in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. We analysed 96 systematically distributed grid points situated in Kathmandu Valley across a land-use intensity gradient (national park to urbanised city area). Geographical Information System (GIS) and remote sensing were used for(More)
A combined systematic and stratified sampling design was conducted in mountain forests of the Bavarian Alps to find the principal dimensions of compositional variation of vegetation and their environmental drivers. In 1,505 plots species composition, forest types and soil profiles were recorded. Data from 14 climate stations were included. As we(More)
On January 18, 1986 a snow avalanche fell down from the steep slope of Mount Watzmann, Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany, into a mountain mixed forest reaching an elevation of only 610 m asl. The trees were bent to the ground, but they survived, forming a dense canopy pressed to the ground. Although on the landscape scale the avalanche marked a strong(More)
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