Groundwater abstraction and dry periods threaten European floodplain forests

ALMUT OTTO

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.

https://innovationorigins.com/groundwater-abstraction-and-dry-periods-threaten-european-floodplain-forests/

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