01. August 2011

Task Force "Forests and Water" has been created

On 30 March 2011 the task force composed of specialists in hydrology/hydrological modelling was constituted at Newcastle University and has started work at the second meeting at Trier University (6-7 June 2011).

1st meeting in Newcastle: brainstorming and defining the tasks (click to enlarge)

Impressions from Newcastle: Tyne bridges

Impressions from Newcastle: bridges everywhere

Impressions from Newcastle: high level bridge

Impressions from Newcastle: the Sage Gateshead

Impressions from Newcastle

The Coalburn experimental catchment: gauge

Coalburn is characterized by peat soils

A clearcut leads to soil erosion

James Bathurst presented the Coalburn catchment under typical British weather conditions

Hadrian´s Wall

Roman fort

2nd meeting in Trier: division of tasks

Impressions from Trier: amphitheatre

Impressions from Trier: Porta Nigra, the town´s landmark

Field trip to the Holzbach catchment

Gauge Holzbach

Reafforestation of a hot spot of runoff generation in the demonstration catchment Frankelbach

Discussing soil erosion and overland flow on site

The participants (all photos by S. Schobel)

The task force is needed for a deeper investigation of ForeStClim-relevant issues concerning "Forests and Water" which cannot be managed by the existing ForeStClim structure. The impulse for this was given by Gebhard Schüler from the Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatinate (D).

The tasks can be summarized as follows:
- exchange of knowledge on water and forests,
- comparison of models and catchments between project partners
- how can we exchange our forest management tools in support of transnational development.

The main concern of the task force is to provide recommentations on forest-relevant models for incorporation into the management decision support system (DSS) being developed by the Managment-Team (headed by Luc Boerboom). Person in charge is James Bathurstfrom Newcastle University (UK).

Following the constitutional meeting, James Bathurst had organized a field trip to the legendary Coalburn experimental catchment - legendary from the view of a hydrologist. Since 1967 existing, Coalburn study has expanded and developed into a continuing study of forestry growth effects on streamflow. It has become Britain`s longest running research catchment. For more in-depth information, please follow: http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/2/233/1998/hess-2-233-1998.pdf or visit the homepage of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology as one of our ForeStClim partner.

On the road back to Newcastle the parallel running Hadrian´s wall and some roman forts were welcome cultural sights which build a bridge to the next meeting place in Trier with its roman history and large amount of roman monuments. 

At the second task force meeting in Trier (6-7 June 2011), the tasks have been specified and delegated to working groups for implementation. Three different hydrological models will be applied on each of four demonstration catchments across NW-Europe (UK, L, D) taking changes in climate conditions and land use into account. Following organizations are involved so far: Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate (D), Trier University (D), UDATA (D), kontextU (D), Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann (L), Newcastle University (UK), Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (UK), Forest Research (UK).
A following field trip to the German ForeStClim demonstration catchments "Holzbach" and "Frankelbach" served to become more familiar with the selected catchments and their differing ecological features to get modelled by the task force.