Research for the Environment

Image showing tightly packed tree crowns in a natural tropical forest. Photo: André Künzelmann, UFZ

Press release 26 November 2015

Using sphere packing models to explain the structure of forests

Explaining the complex structure of tropical forests is one of the great challenges in ecology. An issue of special interest is the distribution of different sizes of trees, something which is of particular relevance for biomass estimates.

A team of modellers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), working together with research partners, has now developed a new method which can be used to explain the tree size distribution in natural forests.

Graduate School HIGRADE: Profile of the day

Name: Johannes Boog (Germany)

Department Environmental and Biotechnology Centre

Research topic

Resilience analysis of nitrogen removal in aerated treatment wetlands

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International Office

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Feel welcome and use the assistance/support of our International Office to get easily started your work at UFZ and to settle down at your new location...

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Departments online

Field research; Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

The new UFZ Departments 'Ecosystem Services (ESS)' and 'Physiological Diversity (PhyDiv)' are now online with their homepage.

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