Forest Management and the Water Cycle

An Ecosystem-Based Approach

  • Michael Bredemeier
  • Shabtai Cohen
  • Douglas L. Godbold
  • Elve Lode
  • Viliam Pichler
  • Patrick Schleppi

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Forest and Water - Tree to Small Catchment Processes in a Changing Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick Schleppi
      Pages 3-4
    3. Boris Rewald, Panagiotis Michopoulos, Lise Dalsgaard, David L. Jones, Douglas L. Godbold
      Pages 5-29
    4. Mauro Centritto, Roberto Tognetti, Ernst Leitgeb, Katarina Střelcová, Shabtai Cohen
      Pages 31-64
    5. Boris Vrbek, Ivan Pilaš, Nikola Pernar
      Pages 141-162
    6. Gabriel Schiller
      Pages 163-186
  3. Forest Structures, Management and Water Fluxes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Viliam Pichler
      Pages 205-207
    3. Viliam Pichler, Paulo Godinho-Ferreira, Tzvetan Zlatanov, Magdaléna Pichlerová, Juraj Gregor
      Pages 209-224
    4. Yannis Raftoyannis, Michael Bredemeier, Rasa Buozyte, Norbert Lamersdorf, Andreas Mavrogiakoumos, Edda Oddsdóttir et al.
      Pages 225-245
    5. Martin Lukac, Margus Pensa, Gabriel Schiller
      Pages 247-261
    6. Meni Ben-Hur, Cristina Fernandez, Sakari Sarkkola, Juan Carlos Santamarta Cerezal
      Pages 263-289
    7. Viliam Novák, Viliam Pichler, Elisabeth Graf-Pannatier, Edward P. Farrell, Marián Homolák
      Pages 291-312
    8. Špela Planinšek, Leena Finér, Antonio del Campo, Jorge Alcazar, Cristina Vega-García, Dimiter Dimitrov et al.
      Pages 313-329
  4. Scales and Approaches for Forest Water Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Elve Lode
      Pages 333-334
    3. Elve Lode, Matthias Langensiepen, Jüri Roosaare, Gebhard Schueler, Harri Koivusalo
      Pages 335-349
    4. Ivan Pilaš, Karl-Heinz Feger, Urša Vilhar, Andreas Wahren
      Pages 351-380
    5. Matthias Langensiepen
      Pages 381-395
    6. Chris S. Eastaugh, Stephan A. Pietsch, Richard Petritsch, Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, Hubert Hasenauer
      Pages 397-417
    7. Gebhard Schüler, Laurent Pfister, Michael Vohland, Stephan Seeling, Joachim Hill
      Pages 435-452
    8. Elve Lode, Jüri Roosaare, Margus Pensa
      Pages 471-496
    9. Shabtai Cohen, Michael Bredemeier
      Pages 507-512
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 513-531

About this book


The protective function of forests for water quality and water-related hazards, as well as adequate water supplies for forest ecosystems in Europe, are potentially at risk due to changing climate and changing land-management practices. Water budgets of forest ecosystems are heavily dependent on climate and forest structure. The latter is determined by the management measures applied in the forestry sector. Various developments of forest management strategies, imposed on a background of changing climate, are considered in assessing the overall future of forest–water interactions in Europe.

Synthesizing recent research on the interactions of forest management and the water regime of forests in Europe and beyond, the book makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue between scientists dealing with different scales of forest-water interactions. This collaborative endeavour, which covers geographic and climatic gradients from Iceland to Israel and from southern Spain to Estonia and Finland, was made possible through the COST Action "Forest Management and the Water Cycle (FORMAN)", which was launched in 2007 (

The book will be of particular interest to the research community involved in forest ecosystem research and forest hydrology, as well as landscape ecologists and hydrologists in general. It will also provide reference material for forest practitioners and planners in hydrology and land use.


Adaptation Climate impact Forest Management Water cycle

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Bredemeier
    • 1
  • Shabtai Cohen
    • 2
  • Douglas L. Godbold
    • 3
  • Elve Lode
    • 4
  • Viliam Pichler
    • 5
  • Patrick Schleppi
    • 6
  1. 1., Forschungszentrum WaldökosystemeUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2., ARO Volcani CenterInstitute of Soil, Water and EnvironmentBet DaganIsrael
  3. 3.College of Natural Sciences, School of the Environment & Natural ResoUniversity of WalesBangorUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., Institute of EcologyTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  5. 5.Faculty of Forestry, Department of Natural EnvironmentTechnical University ZvolenZvolenSlovakia
  6. 6.Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, SnowBirmensdorfSwitzerland

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