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National Geographic Magazine features Swiss Canopy Crane II

The May 2022 issue of National Geographic is dedicated to the future forests in a changing climate. The issue describes how climate change is affecting forests across the planet and how research addresses this growing problem. Our research…
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New paper on post-drought tree damage in New Phytologist

In a study published with colleagues from the Universität Würzburg, PPE group members Matthias Arend, Cedric Zahnd, Guenter Hoch, and Ansgar Kahmen explored the physiological mechanisms behind the widespread occurrence of canopy decline in…
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New work on the impact of the historic 2018 heatwave published in Nature Communications

Richard L. Peters worked on a study within the DenDrought2018 initiative, an international team of researchers, to understand the impact of the 2018 heatwave on trees growing across Central and Atlantic Europe. Results of their joint effort…
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SCCII jib extended to 62.5 m!

The Swiss canopy crane II is now equipped with a longer jib. We extended the original 50 m jib to 62.5 m. With the new jib we have now canopy access to 312 mature trees belonging to 10 different species. We thank Liebherr and the HeliSwiss…
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New paper in PNAS about hydraulic collapse as the cause of drought-induced mortality in conifers

Matthias Arend, Rachel Patthey, Günter Hoch, Ansgar Kahmen, and their co-authors conducted an important study on the mechanisms of tree mortality during the unprecedented Central European summer drought in 2018. The study tracked dynamic…

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