Wednesday 7
The value of place-based research in an era of big data
Tobias Plieninger, Claudia Bieling, Joern Fischer
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
“What did you do and why?” - linking local knowledge to large-scale assessments
Matthias Bürgi  1, *@  , Urs Gimmi  1@  
1 : Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL  (WSL)  -  Website
Zürcherstrasse 111 8903 Birmensdorf -  Suisse
* : Corresponding author

(This presentation will contribute to the session "The value of palce-based resarch in an era of big data" by Plieninger T et al.)

Oral history interviews reveal the wealth of local knowledge and the diversity of practices between regions, villages, and even actors. Whereas historians and cultural geographers might be thrilled to look into the details and structure of this diversity, it is not always easy to use such results for larger scale studies e.g. ecological assessment. Ecological studies are foremost interested in information on ecological relevant processes, such as certain land use practices, and have to know where and for how long such processes had an impact on landscapes and ecosystems.

At the example of a geographically stratified oral-history study on traditional forest uses in Switzerland (Stuber & Bürgi 2011), we discuss how such data can be used in studies on long term dynamics of the forest carbon pool (Gimmi et al. 2013) and to inform ecological studies on forest ecosystems (Bürgi et al. 2013).



Bürgi M, Gimmi U, Stuber M (2013) Assessing traditional knowledge on forest uses to understand forest ecosystem dynamics. Forest Ecology and Management 289:115-122.

Gimmi U, Poulter B, Wolf A, Portner H, Weber P, Bürgi M (2013) Soil carbon pools in Swiss forests show legacy effects from historical forest litter raking. Landscape Ecology 28:835-846.

Stuber M, Bürgi M (2011) Hüeterbueb und Heitisträhl. Traditionelle Formen der Waldnutzung in der Schweiz 1800 bis 2000. Haupt Verlag, Bern, Stuttgart, Wien. 302 p. + DVD. (2. ed. 2012)

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