Exploring Growth Variability and Crown Vitality of Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea) in the Czech Republic

Rybníček, Michal; Čermák, Petr; Žid, Tomáš; Kolář, Tomáš; Trnka, Miroslav; Büntgen, Ulf (2015). Exploring Growth Variability and Crown Vitality of Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea) in the Czech Republic. Geochronometria, 42(1), pp. 17-27. Institute of Physics. Silesian University of Technology 10.1515/geochr-2015-0003

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Unraveling climatic effects on growth of oak - Europe’s most ecologically and economically important forest species - has been the subject of many recent studies; however, more insight based on field data is necessary to better understand the relationship between climate and tree growth and to adapt forest management strategies to future climate change. In this report, we explore the influence of temperature, precipitation and drought variability on the productivity and vitality of oak stands in the Czech Highlands. We collected 180 cores from mature oaks (Quercus petraea) at four forest stands in the Czech Drahany Highlands. Standard dendromethods were used for sample preparation, ring width measurements, cross-dating, chronology development, and the assessment of growth-climate response patterns. Crown vitality was also evaluated, using the modified ICP Forests methodology. Late spring precipitation totals between May and June as well as the mean July temperature for the year of ring formation were found to be the most important factors for oak growth, whereas crown condition was significantly affected by spring and summer drought. This study is rep-resentative for similar bio-ecological habitats across Central Europe and can serve as a dendroclima-tological blueprint for earlier periods for which detailed meteorological information is missing .

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Journal Article (Original Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Science

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Büntgen, Ulf


500 Science
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)




Institute of Physics. Silesian University of Technology




Monika Wälti-Stampfli

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29 Jul 2015 17:09

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29 Jul 2015 17:09

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