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Forest Ecology and Ecological Planning

Geodesy and Survey

Urban and Regional Planning


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Forest Ecology and Ecological Planning
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Page last updated: 26/05/2008
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Maria Giulia Cantiani , Associate professor
Marco Ciolli, Assistant professor
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A complete Dendrochronology laboratory: core borers and other instruments for field sampling, Lintab Tree ring Measurement device, TSAP software and scientific microscopes are available.
To manage and to elaborate environmental and geographical data, the group has at its disposal two Linux workstations with GRASS software.
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1 Ecology and Ecophysiology
Circadian rhythms
2 GIS development and applications to environment:
GIS techniques
Advanced GIS didactics
Thematic cartography
GPS techniques
3 Ecological planning and Sustainable development of mountain regions
Forest regional planning and conflict management
Sustainability indicators
4 Analysis of mountain ecosystems
Dendrochronology and natural hazards
Vegetation studies
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The main research lines are:
1) to investigate the causes of the circadians variations in tree stems;
2) to explore GIS potentiality in environmental application developing new analysis tools and to develop advanced GIS didactics with Open Source (Free software) GIS;
3) to set up appropriate methodologies of analysis planning and management for sustainable development of mountain areas;
4) to investigate natural hazards by means of dendrochronological techniques and vegetation and bioindicators analysis.

The researches are susceptible of interesting future developments:
1) Considering the relevance of this topic, we feel that would be extremely important to keep on carrying out this research.
2) We intend in the future to privilege the research on Open Source Free software GIS and technology transfer to developing countries
3) We foresee to deepen the research on participation methods in ecological planning
4) In our opinion, it could be very interesting to extend the research to other different alpine regions; the same scientific protocol in collecting and analyzing data should be used. In this way, the existence of a possible connection between climate change and the intensification of avalanche phenomena could be investigated.
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PAT-UNITN 2001: "Nuova metodologia di studio del rischio di valanghe: integrazione di tecniche dendrocronologiche, GIS, GPS e modellazione matematico-numerica in Val dei Spini (Pejo, TN)" (New research method in avalanche hazard: integration of dendrochronological techniques and mathematic-numerical modelling in Val dei Spini - Peio, Trento)
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Stable collaborations:
Department of Forestry Ecosystems and Ecological Hazards, Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf (Switzerland) - Paolo Cherubini, Researcher.
Departement für Wald- und Holzforschung, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) - prof. Bachmann Peter
ETH Zurich (Switzerland.) - Ernst Zuercher, Chair of Wood Science
Research Department on Natural Hazards, Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf (Switzerland) - Christof Graf, Researcher

Occasional collaborations:
Federal Research Institute SLF, Davos (Switzerland) - Veronika Stöckli, Researcher.
Department of Forestry Resources Management, University of British Columbia (Canada) - Associate Professor John L. Innes .
Department of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford (UK) - Vanessa Winchester, Associate Researcher