Forest Dieback 2.0

"Forest Dieback 2.0": Lecture by Prof. Rupert Seidl in the TUM@Freising lecture series

Category: Research, TUM@Freising
Forest ecosystems are central to life on Earth. However, forest ecosystems worldwide are undergoing rapid transformation. Prof. Rupert Seidl, Professor of Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), conducts research on the effects of global change on tree mortality and regeneration. As part of the TUM@Freising lecture series Prof. Seidl will highlight the development of tree mortality in Europe since the beginning of the "forest dieback" in the 1980s. On October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the "Lindenkeller" in Freising he will present the causes and effects of the current excess mortality in the forests and give insight into possible future developments.

About 75 percent of all known species depend on forest habitats, which cover about one third of the earth’s land surface. In addition, forests have an important climate-regulating function, as they store approximately the same amount of carbon as is stored in the atmosphere. However, trees are very long lifespans, and therefore have a hard time adapting to very rapid climate change. As a result, there have been increasing reports of dying forests in recent years.

Discussion of the effects of increased tree mortality

Professor Seidl will discuss how tree mortality has changed in Europe in recent decades: how increased tree mortality could affect humans and nature, and what future developments are likely to bring.

Lecture: October 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the "Lindenkeller" in Freising

Following the lecture, all those in attendance will have the opportunity to actively take part in a discussion with Professor Seidl, which will be moderated by Professor Philipp Benz, Professor of Fungal Biotechnology in Wood Science at TUM. The lecture and discussion are taking place in the "Lindenkeller" in Freising on October 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Dr. Katharina Baumeister
Technische Universität München
Corporate Communications Center
8161 71 5403

Scientific contact:
TUM School of Life Sciences
Professorship for Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes
8161 71 4691