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Evolution of relict floodplain forest in river stretches of Western and Central Europe as affected by river infrastructure networks

Beisel, Jean-Nicolas; Staentzel, Cybill; Skupinski, Grzegorz; Walch, Anaïs; Pons, Manon; Weber, Sebastian; Granier, Carine; Huber, Andreas


We studied the impact of infrastructure networks on relict floodplain forest along three stretches of the Upper Rhine (Kembs-Efringen-Kirchen, Strasbourg-Kehl and Beinheim-Iffezheim) and the Inn-Danube (Mulheim-Obernberg, Passau-Ingling and Engelhartszell-Jochenstein), each on the border between two countries. We analysed land use patterns within a 500 m wide buffer area along the main channel using photo-interpretation and compared the situations between the 1950s, 1980’s and 2010’s. Temporal changes were assessed with transition matrices and selected spatial metrics, including fragmentation indices. Over this period, forest area remained similar at three sites, increased slightly at two sites and decreased at one site. However, on average, 12.5% of floodplain forest had changed location (range: 7.3% (Engelhartszell-Jochenstein)– 26.5% (Kembs-Efringen-Kirchen)). The natural development of unmanaged areas and agricultural abandonment after World War II has led to the emergence of young riparian forests along rivers. In the Upper Rhine region, the results showed asymmetry in these two factors, with unmanaged natural areas most important on the French side and agricultural abandonment on the German side. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000138929
Veröffentlicht am 13.10.2021
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257593
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik (FAST)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1932-6203
KITopen-ID: 1000138929
Erschienen in PLoS ONE
Verlag Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Band 16
Heft 9 September
Seiten e0257593
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