Project

Changes affecting the nature of the Western Beskidy and the Sudety Mountains have been caused by various processes that often take place simultaneously. The majority of the processes are combined with each other by a complex network of inter-relations. To learn the mechanisms of disastrous phenomena that occur there nowadays, a comprehensive analysis of the greatest possible number of parameters should be made by using the latest technologies available on the market. The presently accessible geostatistical algorithms based on digital area models and digital area cover models as well as a number of other variables describing the life of forest ecosystems will allow to learn better the mechanisms of large-area deforestation. This makes a unique chance to watch the dying process of tree stands in real time and to draw conclusions from what is happening at the moment. Nowhere in Europe and probably, nowhere in the world has an attempt ever been made to carry out an analysis of large-area deforestation with the use of such a broad range of technologies. But also nowhere in the world have spruce stands ever been exposed to the danger of dying on such a large scale, the spruce stands which are so valuable in terms of the nature and the good of the society.

In addition to the planned research, a practical study will be developed, and a spatial information system will be implemented that will facilitate the work of field forest service and provide a number of additional analytical tools to managers in superintendencies and regional directorates of State Forests.