Last week, the research project FeMoPhys (remote sensing based monitoring method based on a physiologically based vitality assessment of main tree species in mixed stands) was officially launched. The goal of the interdisciplinary team with partners from Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is to better understand the physiology of trees in order to ultimately find strategies for coping with future climate extremes.
As a central element of the research project, a construction crane with a height of 45 meters is deployed in the middle of a mixed forest in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The crane carries researchers and scientific equipment above the canopies to collect data. This makes it possible to reach each individual tree crown of the different tree species such as beech, oak, spruce, larch and Douglas fir in different positions. The crane forms an integral part of a multidisciplinary research network that has been financially supported by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) since the end of 2022. The research project, called FeMoPhys, brings together various partners, including Landesbetrieb Forst Brandenburg (LFB), Landesforst Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), LUP from Potsdam, as well as the University of Greifswald and the Technical University of Berlin, Geoinformation in Environmental Planning.
The Ministers for Climate Protection, Agriculture, Rural Areas and the Environment in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Dr. Till Backhaus, and for Agriculture, the Environment and Climate Protection in Brandenburg, Axel Vogel, recently visited the research site at the crane in person to learn about the ongoing research work.