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Groundwater abstraction and dry periods threaten European floodplain forests


Even if you can’t imagine it with a snowy or rainy winter like this one: In the long term, the European floodplain forests are threatened due to the long periods of drought caused by climate change. But not just that: groundwater abstraction for industry and households have a major impact on the situation.

This alarming research result was recently published in the journal Frontiers In Forests And Global Change by a team from the Institute of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg. The study even clearly shows that groundwater abstraction intensifies the negative effects of climate change on oak-dominated floodplain forests. They are therefore among the most endangered forests in Europe.

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