Pinus roxburghii stand dynamics at a heavily impacted site in Nepal: Research through an educational fieldweek

Speer, J. H. et al. (2017) Pinus roxburghii stand dynamics at a heavily impacted site in Nepal: Research through an educational fieldweek. Dendrochronologia, 41, pp. 2-9. (doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2016.01.005)

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Abstract

The fieldweek associated with the 4th Asian Dendrochronological Association Conference was an excellent opportunity for education, networking, and research. The participants and group leaders worked together for five days in an area that was new to some of the group leaders and new to some of the participants which enabled us to learn about forest ecology around Kathmandu and Nagarkot, Nepal. The fieldweek was an excellent networking opportunity and the group leaders and participants bonded which strengthened international research in dendrochronology and continues to foster new research collaborations. All of the group leaders and participants had the opportunity to learn about tree-ring formation in Pinus roxburghii at 1500 masl elevation, to explore its wood anatomy, and to examine specific research questions in our field area. In the end we developed a better understanding of the stand-age structure of a stand of trees in Nagarkot, explored the erosion history from exposed roots, and investigated tree health issues on closely related sites. We found that P. roxburghii poses some dating issues with false and micro rings at this elevation, but we were still able to develop a tree-ring chronology from this species and make preliminary assessments of stand dynamics and health.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This article is part of a special issue entitled “Asian Dendrochronology Association (ADA) 2015”, published in the journal Dendrochronologia 41, 2017.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sohel, Dr MD Sarwar
Authors: Speer, J. H., Bräuning, A., Zhang, Q.-B., Pourtahmasi, K., Gaire, N. P., Dawadi, B., Rana, P., Dhakal, Y. R., Acharya, R. H., Adhikari, D. L., Adhikari, S., Aryal, P. C., Bagale, D., Baniya, B., Bhandari, S., Dahal, N., Dahal, S., Ganbaatar, N., Giri, A., Gurung, D.B., Khandu, Y., Maharjan, B., Maharjan, R., Malik, R. A., Nath, C. D., Nepal, B., Ngoma, J., Pant, R., Pathak, M. L., Paudel, H., Sharma, B., Hossain, M. S., Soronzonbold, B., Swe, T., Thapa, I., and Tiwari, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Dendrochronologia
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1125-7865
ISSN (Online):1612-0051
Published Online:04 February 2016

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