Žofín ForestGEO

The core area of the Žofín virgin forest has been a part of world network ForestGEO (former SIGEO) since 2012. Research network ForestGEO is the only standardized global network of forest-ecological research dealing with all biomes. Research plots included in the network represent circa 80% of forests covering the Earth. The network was established in 1980 and initially focused only on tropical forests (CTFS). Later, it included sub-tropical forests and forests from other biomes.

ForestGEO Network

  • 59 sites included (see map above)
  • 1653 ha of forest covered
  • 5.68 milions of trees registered

Tree Record

  • All alive individuals of d.b.h. 1 cm and more to be recorded
  • --Survey tree position (coordinates)
  • --Measurement of d.b.h.
  • --Tagging tree by the identifier
  • All procedure should be repeated after 5 years

Census 2012 Summary [pdf: 64 kB]

 Climatic station inside plot - data online



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Král K., McMahon S.M., Janík D., Adam D., Vrška T., 2014. Patch mosaic of developmental stages in central European natural forests along vegetation gradient. Forest Ecology and Management 330: 17–28.

Král K., Valtera M., Janík D., Šamonil P., Vrška T., 2014. Spatial variability of general stand characteristics in central European beech-dominated natural stands – Effects of scale. Forest Ecology and Management 328: 353–364.

Šamonil P., Doleželová P., Vašíčková I., Adam D., Valtera M., Král K., Janík D., Šebková B., 2013. Individual-based approach to the detection of disturbance history through spatial scales in a natural beech-dominated forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 24: 1167-1184.

Šamonil P., Schaetzl R.J., Valtera M., Goliáš V., Baldrian P., Vašíčková I., Adam D., Janík D., Hort L., 2013. Crossdating of disturbances by tree uprooting: Can treethrow microtopography persist for 6,000 years? Forest Ecology and Management 307: 123-135.

Trochta J., Král K., Janík D., Adam D., 2013. Arrangement of terrestrial laser scanner positions for area-wide stem mapping of natural forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43 (999): 355-363.

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Šebková B., Šamonil P., Adam D., Janík D., 2012. Interaction between tree species populations and windthrow dynamics in natural beech-dominated forest, Czech Republic. Forest Ecology and Management 280: 9–19.

Král K., Janík D., Vrška T., Adam D., Hort L., Unar P., Šamonil P., 2010. Local variability of stand structural features in beech dominated natural forests of Central Europe: Implications for sampling. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 2196–2203.

Král K., Vrška T., Hort L., Adam D., Šamonil P., 2010. Developmental phases in a temperate natural spruce-fir-beech forest: determination by a supervised classification method. European Journal of Forest Research 129: 339–351.

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Hofmeister J., Hruška J., 2009. A comparison of soil conditions in the Žofínský Prales nature reserve with adjacent spruce monocultures. Silva Gabreta 15: 87–96.

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