Large Scale Approach to Forest and Water Interactions

  • Gebhard SchülerEmail author
  • Laurent Pfister
  • Michael Vohland
  • Stephan Seeling
  • Joachim Hill
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)


Assessing the impacts of forests and forest management on the water cycle and discharge in large scaled watersheds requires innovative methods and modeling because besides forestry the topography, geology, pedology and climate conditions cause a considerable external forcing. Progresses were made to show the spatial-temporal variability of rainfall-runoff behavioral patterns in meso-scaled basins by remote sensing methods and GIS-based approaches. Forest stabilization measures have an essential relevance for the drinking water resources in large scale groundwater appearances since the contamination by atmospheric nitrogen and acid deposition increased. An integrated land and water management at larger scale needs to find the way combining an engineering watershed management and a scientific based precautionary land-use management. A large scale European approach across political borders was laid down by the European Water Framework and Floods Directives to protect and enhance the status of inland surface water, transitional water, coastal water and groundwater and to mitigate the effects of floods and droughts.


Groundwater Quality Flood Risk Management Storm Runoff River Basin Management Plan River Basin District 
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Some of the research underlying this article received support from the European Union as part of the INTERREG III B NWE-program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gebhard Schüler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laurent Pfister
    • 2
  • Michael Vohland
    • 3
  • Stephan Seeling
    • 3
  • Joachim Hill
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry Rheinland-PfalzTrippstadtGermany
  2. 2.Centre de Récherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (CRP-GL)BelvauxLuxembourg
  3. 3.Environmental Remote SensingUniversity TrierTrierGermany

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