The Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research (IFER)

IFER is an independent research organization conducting problem-oriented applied forestry research. Since its establishment in 1994, IFER has elaborated more than 200 research projects funded by various sources including domestic governmental organizations, European commission and other agencies and foundations. The core activity of IFER is development and implementation of forest inventory methods. IFER has developed a methodology for the Czech National Forest Inventory. IFER provides expert support to several national forest inventories in Europe. IFER has conducted numerous projects related to design and implementation of inventory methods in different regions of the world. IFER’s research activity includes projects focused on basic and applied research concerning ecosystem carbon budget, nutrient balance, sustainability and global change, modeling and scenario analysis, growth models, production ecology and others. IFER is a technically responsible body for the Czech Republic greenhouse gas inventory of the sectors Agriculture and LULUCF. IFER is a log-term member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the European Forest Institute (EFI).

Major EU-projects projects IFER participates in are MOTIVE – Models for Adaptive Forest Management, (FP7), EFORWOOD – Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment of the Forestry-Wood Chain, (FP6), MEACAP – Impact of Environmental Agreements of the CAP, (FP6), CARBO-INVENT – Multi-source inventory methods for quantifying carbon stocks and stock changes in European forests (FP5), GREENVEINS – Vulnerability of biodiversity in the Agro-ecosystem as influenced by Green Veining and Land-use Intensity (FP5). In ARANGE IFER will focus on data base development and implementation and on the analysis of planning and governance approaches in the case study regions. IFER will be responsible for Tasks T1.4 and T1.5.

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Martin Černý

finished his PhD study in 1990 in the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 1984 he is working in forestry research in the field of forest ecology. Starting from nutrient budgets of Norway spruce ecosystems and forest health monitoring techniques he progressed to modelling of growth processes and tasks of NFI Programme. In 1991 he established a group of forest production ecology, which was transformed into the Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research, Ltd. in 1994. Since then, Martin Černý has been CEO of IFER and has continued to work as senior scientist.

Emil Cienciala

obtained his PhD in Ecology and Environmental Research at the Faculty of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden, in 1994. In 1999 he became associate professor in forest ecology/environmental physics. In 2000, he moved to the Czech Republic and joined the Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research (IFER) as a senior researcher, project and team leader. His research interests cover forest production ecology, water and carbon cycling in forest ecosystems, emission inventory and impacts of environmental changes on forestry and forest ecosystems.

Martina Roubalova

MSc, studied at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Applied Informatics. She has been involved in various research projects, in which she was responsible for database administration, software tool development, writing help files and manuals, creation of installation programs, protection applications from unauthorized use etc.

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