Research


Latest SCI publications

Latest Projects


The goal of this research is to understand public stakeholder perceptions and landscape preferences for silvicultural treatments used to restore northern dry forest and barrens ecological communities in the US (Upper Great Lakes Region). Research questions address four study objectives: 1. Landscape Treatment Preferences: How do different levels (intensities) of overstory and understory treatments affect landscape preferences? 2. Aesthetics and Ecological Design: How do the size and shape of stand treatments and arrangement of remaining trees within low density treatment levels effect preferences? 3. Ecological Information: Can information provided to stakeholders describing the purpose of restoration treatments increase their preferences and/or acceptability of more open dry forest and barrens landscapes? 4. User and Interest Group Differences: Do different user and interest groups view restoration treatments differently? How do aesthetic preferences for the treatments compare with other response dimensions such as management acceptability or suitability for a given recreational activity
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-10-01 - 2020-12-31

Establishing and safeguarding wildlife corridors between Austria and Czech Republic especially Mostviertel, Waldviertel, Weinviertel and the regions of South Bohemia, Vysocina. The delinaetion of the wildlife corridors is based on a GIS modelling. With the help of this corridors Natura 2000 are also connected. This Project also is also supporting and improving the cross - border communication between Austria and Czech Republic and therefore improves the Quality of ecosystem Management.

In the area of the Wastewater Association Traisen, heavy stormwater events in the past years repeatedly caused flooding in the settlement area. The predicted increase in heavy rainfall caused by climate change is more likely to cause flooding if no countermeasures are taken in the catchment area. The subject of the project is the investigation of the current situation in the Wastewater Association Traisen from the point of view of integrated urban water management and spatial planning. The aim of the research project is the development of a method for urban water analysis of the adaptation and decoupling potential of spatial structures. This builds on data collected by engineering offices of the drainage effective areas, and extends them to spatial data on building types, land use, land availability and ownership structure. Based on this, the adaptability of structural types to different rainwater management measures and the impact assessment of these measures will be analyzed. The project will develop a methodological approach that can be applied across the whole association. It will be applied and tested in selected sub-basins depending on the available database. The goal is to identify priority action areas to improve the flood problem. In a sub-catchment area of the association area, an integrative spatial strategy of urban drainage and different development scenarios will be developed in workshops with political decision-makers, stakeholders and project participants Finally, the methodology will be discussed with all members of the Wastewater Association in order to ensure the transferability of the results. Project work is carried out in cooperation with local engineering offices and municipalities, which provide the necessary data.

Supervised Theses and Dissertations

FIS